During your PhD your superiors may tell you that ‘you must leave here after your PhD to make it’ or ‘you must go abroad for your post-doc’. I heard this frequently during my PhD and was hell-bent on making it without doing that. I wanted to prove that you could make it in academia without … More To move abroad or to not move, that is the question.
Dr Judith Wolf is a senior scientist at the National Oceanography Centre in Liverpool and Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool. She is a physical oceanographer and marine modeller, with interests in coupled atmosphere-hydrodynamic-wave modelling, coastal impacts of climate change and marine renewable energy. She is white British, born in the UK, and presently … More Diversity in UK Marine Science – a personal perspective
My biggest fear when I thought about stepping away from academia was that I would no longer be able to conduct research and answer the questions of the unknown. That aspect to academic life is a privilege and I always felt you were unlikely to find such a niche and flexible job outside of a … More Finding a new kind of science: Academia to the Civil Service
It’s been a few weeks since I returned, unexpectedly and abruptly (thanks pandemic), from Galveston, Texas. I’d been there to study the stomach contents of blacktip sharks at Texas A&M University. When people ask me what I was doing out there, I usually say “rummaging around in shark guts”, but today I’d like to dive … More Guts and Glory: why I’m rummaging around in shark stomachs
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is a great opportunity to recognise the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. On board the RRS James Cook a team of 10 women explore the ocean characteristics through water sampling, analysis and data modelling. Dr. Maria De La Fuente Ruiz Maria is … More Women in STEM
Why do we care about trace metals? As the name implies trace metals are the elements with vanishingly low concentrations in seawater. We could make the mistake of thinking that because there are such little amounts of these elements in the ocean that they are not important, but in fact, many have key roles in … More Trace metal team and their role in Custard
Increasingly in the field of oceanography, autonomous vehicles are being recognised and rapidly developed to allow for the collection of high-volume, high-quality data from regions of the ocean that previously data coverage has been sparse. With this however, comes the challenge of how to process such large swathes of data into something useful to data … More The Antarctic Circumpolar Current – what can Argo floats tell us?
Sitting on the plane to Oslo to spend 2 days discussing the state of our oceans and the effects of climate change, I couldn’t help but reflect on the hypocrisy of the situation – increasing my personal carbon footprint to go and brainstorm ideas on how to cut and sequester global emissions. Over the past … More An Injection of Ocean Optimism – Sustainable Ocean Alliance Youth Leadership Summit and Our Ocean Conference 2019
In May this year myself, Prof. Maeve Lohan from the University of Southampton and Dr. Oliver Moore from the University of Leeds travelled to Diamond light source UK in Didcot. Diamond light source is the UK’s national synchrotron facility, but what is a synchrotron and what is it good for? Many people will be familiar … More Using a particle accelerator to study hydrothermal particle plumes
As crowds hit the beach this summer the newspapers heralded the arrival of the ‘Pacific death worm’. This alien nematode worm, dubbed ‘more toxic than cyanide’, could spell trouble for a family day out. So how far off the mark were the press, and should we be worried about new species visiting our coasts? What … More Alien invasions and environmental DNA