Cat Shannon

Cat Shannon


2015-2019 PhD Studies, University of Leeds: Identification, assessment and management of gaps in aquatic non-native species biosecurity in the UK (NERC DTP)


  • Producing an open e-Learning course to increase awareness of invasive species and encourage precautionary pro-environmental behaviours
  • Preparing, disseminating online before and after-training surveys looking at knowledge, risk perception, perceived and actual behaviours– analysing data using R Studio and SPSS.
  • Applying for ethics approval for PhD thesis data collection
  • Preparing, conducting, transcribing and analysing qualitative interviews with stakeholders on knowledge, awareness, attitudes, risk perception and behaviour
  • Policy analysis for biosecurity for marine invasive species (policy interplay and analysis)

2015 Research Assistant, University of Leeds: Exploring knowledge, perception of risk and biosecurity practices among researchers in the UK (NERC Accelerator Award)


  • Collaborative NERC funded project collecting qualitative and quantitative data
  • Writing ethics application quickly and concisely for short term project with 6 months funding
  • Identifying stakeholders, preparing a topic guide and conducting semi-structured interviews with stakeholders on barriers and opportunities for better biosecurity practice
  • Arranging meetings at a time and place convenient to stakeholder
  • Quantitative data collection through online surveys to evaluate perceived and actual behaviour of fieldworkers

Masters in Science, University of Leeds: Sustainability (Environmental Politics and Policy) 


  • Environmental Policy and Governance
  • Research Methods
  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • International Relations and the Environment
  • The Regulatory and Planning Context for Sustainable Projects
  • Research Project: Perception of Risk: A case study of the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) (Distinction)

Undergraduate, Bournemouth University: Environmental Science


  • Environmental remote sensing
  • Marine Conservation
  • Environment Law and Management
  • Physical Geography; Biology
  • Behaviour Ecology
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Research Project: Community Based Renewable Energy: A case study of Poole Harbour (2:1)

Research interests





  • MSc Sustainability (Environmental Politics and Policy)
  • BSc Ecology and Wildlife Conservation

Research groups and institutes

  • Ecology and Evolution