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Helen Burns: How did I become involved in Ocean Sciences?

Hi MOOCer's I'm a 2nd year PhD student researching the controls on the Southern Ocean overturning circulation. As a kid my favourite part of the year was visiting the mountains; from our own Welsh and Scottish hills to the slightly more formidable Alps. I had no idea what I wanted to go and do after school, but I knew I didn't want to be stuck in a lab all day so Earth Sciences which had abundant field trips to mountains seemed like a logical choice. Continue reading →

Josie Robinson: How did I become involved in Ocean Sciences?

Hello! In this post I’ll talk a little bit about how I ended up doing a PhD at the world class National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Let me hold my hands up and say it was never my grand design from childhood to be an oceanographer, I have very much been carried here by the current of my life. As for most, my life direction was decided during high school, when I had to choose between Geography and History for my GSCE’s. Continue reading →

Cris Florindo-Lopez: How did I become involved in Ocean Sciences?

When I look back in time, the pathway I followed to this point seems unavoidable, as if it had been a clear and unique choice. It was, nonetheless, small and blind steps what determined that track. I guess I was just following what I found thrilling and I was never sure where it would take me. In fact, it still remains the same and I started believing it will always be that way. As a kid I always enjoyed all kinds of challenges and adventures. Continue reading →

Emma Cavan: How did I become involved in Ocean Sciences?

I am currently doing a PhD in the ocean carbon cycle however my aspirations at 16 were somewhat different! I grew up in a house of medics and this limited my career pathway knowledge and hence I applied for degrees in medicine. I was quickly rejected from most of the universities I applied to and to this day I am incredibly grateful! It was clear medicine wasn’t something I was passionate about but I knew I didn’t want an office job and so biology seemed the obvious choice. Continue reading →

Flic Williams: How did I become involved in Ocean Science?

How did I become involved in Ocean Science? I remember thinking that Helen Sharman, the first Briton in space, had a great job, and wasn’t it awesome that something like the Mir space station existed. It is fair to say I have always loved science! However it wasn’t until many years after my A-levels and an MSci in Physics, that I started to understand how little is known about our oceans. Continue reading →

Millie Watts: How did I become involved in Ocean Science?

I have always loved geography, it was my favourite subject at school and an obvious choice for A-Level, and when I discovered I could take Geology and Environmental Science as well, a career in earth sciences seemed the absolute right choice for me. Me in Iceland, 2010 I studied with the Open University from home for my bachelors degree in Geosciences, which involved a lot of online study, but also some fantastic fieldcourses, and the opportunity to cover a broad range of topics. Continue reading →

Deep-sea sharks don’t like fishing.

Well it’s not so much they don’t like fishing, more that deep-sea shark populations struggle to recover from too much fishing. To compensate for collapsing coastal fish stocks, many commercial fisheries have expanded operations into deeper waters in search of new bountiful fish stocks. Some of the most heavily affected fish from this expanded exploitation are the chondrichthyans (sharks, skates, rays and chimaera). Continue reading →