Sarah Leaney

Sarah studied Marine Biology and Oceanography at the University of North Wales, Bangor. Following this she worked at Cadbury Garden and Leisure in the pets and aquatics section caring for a range of animals. She then transferred to Plymouth and studied for an MRes in Aquatic Ecotoxicology, whilst continuing to work for the Garden and Leisure Group. Her research project on using a range of starfish as biomarkers of environmental pollution was presented at the UK Environmental Mutagen conference in Aberdeen. Sarah then moved to Weymouth and started working at Weymouth Sealife Park and Marine Sanctuary. She and her team of aquarists were responsible for the health and welfare of a range of different aquatic animals including; seals, penguins, sharks, otters and seahorses. During her time there she was involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of a number of sea turtles, of which 2 were successfully released back into the wild. Sarah then made the move into teaching and has taught on a range of A-level, BTEC, adult access and undergraduate programmes over the last 12 years.