Her studies of Calanus finmarchicus with Andrew Orr were of great significance to the economy of western Scotland as the copepode was part of the food chain for herring. Their research investigated the biology and physiology of Calanus, looking at aspects of its seasonal distribution, reproduction, and growth.
During WW2. her research into native seaweed sources for agar, necessary for the production of certain vaccines, was also of considerable importance.
She was one of the first five women to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1949