After graduating, I started a research masters programme with the University of Hull International Fisheries Institute (HIFI) studying the population dynamics of brown trout in rivers impounded by reservoirs. In 2014, I transferred on to a PhD investigating the population responses of brown trout to habitat and flow restoration down stream of reservoirs. The PhD was undertaken in conjunction with Yorkshire Water. In my time with HIFI, I was able to work on a variety of projects (not all related to my PhD) and for 3-6 months every year I was working in numerous rivers, streams, reservoirs, lakes and ponds across the UK. After graduating from my PhD, I was successful in applying for a position at Yorkshire Water in the team that I had worked with as part of my postgraduate studies.