Julie graduated from the University of Wales, Bangor with a BSc in Zoology in 2002. In 2004 she returned to UWB to undertake a Masters in Marine Biology, which she completed in 2005 her research thesis was titled Salicornia (L.) A Potential Biofilter for Aquaculture?
As a result of her thesis research, she was offered a job within UWB, School of the Environment and Natural Resources as a research technician on the MENTERRA project, a £2.6 million agri-innovation project working in partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government and the Welsh Development Agency. Her work on the project focussed on the commercial cultivation of the wild halophyte Salicornia europaea
for the gourmet food market as well as investigating the plants potential as a biofilter for saline aquaculture waste water. When this project came to an end, she was offered a position with CAMS as a research officer on the EU-CRAFT funded ENVIROPHYTE project working with a local fish farm to investigate how effectively an artificial wetland planted with Salicornia
can remediate nutrient rich effluent from saline fish farms and provide a viable commercial by-product. The research work carried out on the project formed the basis of her PhD entitled "A constructed wetland for treatment of marine aquaculture wastewater" which she completed in 2012. She is currently employed as a research officer within CAMS on an A4B project working alongside the Welsh Institute for Natural Resources researching offshore cultivation of seaweeds in the Irish Sea and their potential as sources of novel functional ingredients