I will always be grateful for the support I received from The James Pantyfedwen Trust in the form of a grant that funded my Masters course enabling me to study changes in lake ecology in proglacial lakes in Iceland and the impact of environmental change on them. This research is identifying the impacts of the environment and humans on our climate and will help us understand what may happen in the future. As a result of the funding I have developed my skills in research, analysing diatom species, and sample preparation which have provided new contemporary data investigating environmental change and proglacial lakes. I have also developed my confidence, working closely with academic staff at Keele University, writing up my findings and presenting them at a conference. I have also had the opportunity to demonstrate my skills to first year students. I am now seeking to continue my research looking for PhDs which investigate ecological change with glaciology.