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Guest Blog – Amanda Cheong (Singapore)

Hi everyone, I am Amanda and I would like to share a blog about my five-week internship at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS). It is my great pleasure to be given the opportunity to work with Prof. Richard Sanders (@OceanRics), Dr. Daniel Mayor and Ms. Stacey Felgate (@staceyfelgate). As a student at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, I worked on quantifying dissolved organic matter and how the composition changes along a land-to-ocean continuum. Continue reading →

How far are we from the deep ocean?

Human beings have held two dreams for long: to jump out of the world and to dive into the deep. Decades of exploration has gradually turned the brilliant dreams into reality. In the year 1960, the deepest part of the ocean - Mariana Trench (deeper than 10000 meters), was visited by two oceanographers. This marked the milestone demonstrating our capability to reach wherever we would like to reach in the ocean. Continue reading →

Redistributing marine biodiversity – guest post from Jamie Hudson

I’m Jamie Hudson, a Marine Biology PhD student at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK. My research looks at the role different factors have in redistributing marine biodiversity around our coasts, notably climate change and hybridisation. The ranges occupied by species are by no mean static- species are moving areas due to multiple reasons. There is a plethora of data that show our oceans are warming. Continue reading →

A brief history of ocean drilling (1/3)

Did you know the oceans are great story tellers?! Curators of Earth’s history. And by taking a peak below the seafloor we can reconstruct the history of submarine landslides, and volcanic eruptions, the pattern and rate of seafloor spreading, the climate enjoyed by the dinosaurs and the vegetation present when the humans took their very first steps on planet Earth. This week in the MOOC is all about looking forward; how we can work together to protect our oceans. Continue reading →

Adventures of Clair Patterson

You may have been aware that our Earth is as old as 4.5 billion years. But do you know who found out this fantastic figure first? The destiny rests on shoulders on a young man, Clair Patterson, who was a PhD student at the University of Chicago in the 1940s. I'd like to share his story with you! The first task for Patterson was to measure the concentration and isotope composition of lead inside the zircon, which is extremely useful for geological dating. Continue reading →

This is what we call a deep-sea exploration!

Just last weekend, I went to visit my 4 years-old goddaughter back in Belgium and I was telling the secrets of the oceans, their amazing creatures and how I became a deep-ocean explorer.  While I was speaking, I could see the same excitation and admiration in her eyes that I feel every time I get to go at sea. This year again, I have the wonderful opportunity to join an upcoming cruise on board the Celtic Explorer (CE18008). Continue reading →

Five things we’ve learnt about the oceans in the last 25 years

It’s early 1993 and I am sailing across the Atlantic Ocean aboard the Royal Research Ship Charles Darwin on my first deep-sea adventure. The late Harry Elderfield is our chief scientist and we are mapping out the newly discovered hydrothermal vents along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and sampling the plumes that waft upwards from the hot seafloor vents. We tow our sensors on frames hanging from conducting wires that are kilometres long, gradually building up a picture of the plumes. Continue reading →

Blue Planet 2: Green Seas (and Blue Carbon)

The capacity of coastal habitats to capture and store carbon is a huge research interest of mine, so when David Attenborough talked about it on Blue Planet 2 earlier this evening I couldn't have been more pleased! Tonight's episode was called 'Green Seas', and covered habitats and ecosystems often passed over by documentary makers in favour of more 'charismatic' ocean dwellers: seagrass meadows, kelp beds, mangrove forests and algal blooms. Continue reading →

Guest Post: Libby Robinson – Climates of the past…what can they tell us about our future?

Have you ever thought about the implications of ocean anoxia in the past? Here to tell you more about the role anoxia has played in shaping the history of Earth is Libby Robinson..... Hi, I’m Libby, a first year PhD student at NOC studying climates of the past, otherwise known as paleoclimates (paleo just meaning “very, very old” – and in this case, having nothing to do with the unprocessed, whole-food diet). Continue reading →

No excuse for Single Use

Anyone that watched the 4th episode of Blue Planet 2, the Big Blue, was most definitely affected by the scene with the mother carrying her deceased calf. The cause of death was assumed to be due to plastic contaminating the milk and thus poisoning the baby whale. It was a heart-breaking scene that brought our excessive use of plastic to the spotlight for millions to see. Continue reading →