Sofia Castello y Tickell
Department of Zoology,
University of Oxford.
OX1 3PS, UK
I am interested in how people understand, depict and protect the marine environment, as well as the workings of the ocean and the creatures within it.
My MSc research focused on the human costs of enforcing and complying with Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). I have previously worked on research projects with sea stars and urchins in the Galapagos Islands, eels in the Thames Estuary, and clams in the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.
I am studying the social and ecological dimensions of human-made reefs in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
2017-present: DPhil Student, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford (Balliol College).
2015-2016: MSc Biodiversity, Conservation & Management, Department of Geography & the Environment, University of Oxford (Somerville College).
Dissertation: “Human costs of enforcement and compliance in no-take MPAs”
2014-2015: Marine & Freshwater Intern, UK & Europe Division, Zoological Society of London.
2013-2014: Research & Teaching Assistant, Witman Lab, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University.
2008-2012: AB Biology & Photojournalism, Brown University.
SMASH16 Fellow, 2016.
Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society, Brown University, 2012.
AT&T New Media Fellow, Brown University, 2012.
Betsy Lehman ‘77 Award for Excellence in Journalism, Brown University, 2012.
Royal Geographical Society (Postgraduate Fellow)
Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society
Marine Biological Association
Fisheries Society of the British Isles
- Castello y Tickell, S., Barker, J., 2015. 10-year Report on Marine Mammal Sightings in the Tidal Thames. Zoological Society of London.
- Castello y Tickell, S., Witman, J.D., Lamb, R.W., and Smith, F. Effect of Nidorellia armata grazing in the Galápagos Marine Reserve. (Poster presented at 2014 Benthic Ecology Meeting, Jacksonville, Florida).
- The Amazing Life Cycle of the European Eel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBRnNk_uo9Y)
- Winner of “Best Short Film” at the SCINEMA International Film Festival
- Selected for screening at the Beneath the Waves Film Festival, Ekofilm Festival, and Factual Animation Film Fuss
- A Tale of Two Urchins (https://www.nytimes.com/video/science/100000002735051/creaturecast-a-tale-of-two-urchins.html)
- Published in The New York Times Science section
- Winner of “Best Scientific Message” award at the Beneath the Waves Film Festival
- Selected for screening at the Halifax Ocean Film Festival