Lukas Marx, PhD student at the University of Portsmouth Conference attended: ProSynFest 2020 held in Córdoba, Spain Dates: 6 to 19 March 2022 I am very grateful to the Challenger Society of Marine Science to have awarded me with a travel award towards the participation of the ProSynFest 2020 held in Córdoba, Spain from the … More ProSyn Fest 2020: first conference back in person
by Eleni Christoforou, PhD student at the University of Glasgow Conference attended: Ecocity World Summit 2022 (online) Date: 22-24 February 2022 Attending conferences is a great way to gain experiences, both at a career and a personal level. At a conference you have the opportunity to hear what others in your field are investigating, share … More Life in the time of virtual conferences – Ecocity 2022
by Kelsey Barnhill, PhD student, Changing Oceans Research Group University of Edinburgh Thank you to the Challenger Society for providing support for my attendance at the 15th International Coral Reef Symposium that was held virtually this July. After having been interested in coral research for nearly 10 years and dreaming of attending this conference, this … More Highlights from the 15th International Coral Reef Symposium
Africa Gomez-Castillo, PhD student at the University of Southampton I would like to thank the Challenger Society for awarding me a travel award that contributed to my travel expenses to Poland to join the EuroFleets cruise in June 2021. Originally scheduled to sail in June 2020 to do a transect along the Baltic Sea Danish … More EUROFLEETS+ Floating University 2021 onboard the RV Oceania
by Millie Goddard-Dwyer, PhD student at the University of Liverpool In January 2021, I set sail aboard the French vessel N.O. Marion Dufresne to participate in the SWINGS GS02, a GEOTRACES oceanographic research cruise. The aim of this trip was to determine the sources and sinks of trace metals in the Indian Ocean sector of … More Searching for Humic Substances on SWINGS GS02
by Ben Williams, MSc student at the University of Exeter I’m in the business of studying tropical reef soundscapes. This emerging field works on the principle that we can learn about an ecosystem just by listening to the diversity and patterns of sounds present within these. If you ask someone to imagine the sounds of … More Studying coral reef soundscapes with new kit and new questions
by Joséphine Anselin University of Bangor Polar research expeditions, like for example the recently completed MOSAiC Arctic expedition, bring together researchers from many different disciplines including atmospheric scientists, glaciologists, marine biologists and oceanographers. In this article, I will be focusing on the work of polar physical oceanographers: the questions they are asking, the techniques they … More What is Polar Physical Oceanography?
Each year the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) runs a Pelagic ecosystem survey in the western English Channel and eastern Celtic Sea on the RV Cefas Endeavour. Against all pandemic-odds I found myself aboard for the entire 37 days, leaving sunny Lowestoft on the 2nd of October. As part of the survey … More Automating Plankton aboard the Endeavour
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