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Ocean Quotes 10: Alain Bombard, Biologist

Alain Bombard  was a French biologist, physician and politician famous for sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in a dinghy without food or water to prove that he could live on nothing more than fish, plankton, rain water and small amounts of sea water. He landed at Barbados 62 days later. "I had fought on behalf of man against the sea, but I realized that it had become more urgent to fight on behalf of the sea against men. Continue reading →


This weeks topic has focussed on how salty the ocean is, and we have had some fantastic responses to the info graphic task. Your efforts to date have all been compiled into a Pinterest Board to make it easy for you to view.  If you would like to add a new info graphic, or even a photo/powerpoint slide you have made, please share the link to our twitter feed (#UoSFLOceans) or a link on the forums, and I will add it to the Pinterest site to make it easier for everyone to see. Continue reading →

A day in the life of a polychaeteologist

My PhD work is split between two institution, the Oceanography Centre in Southampton and the Natural History Museum in London. Working at the Natural History Museum is an amazing experience, so here is how one of my typical days would go.... Morning: I Arrive at  the museum and enter through Gloucester road entrance (staff only) to avoid the crowds of tourists and school children streaming into the museum. Continue reading →

The ocean and transport

Dear All We have considered the role of heat and salt in ocean transport, and we have discussed how much water there is, and why it is important for our global climate, in addition to this weeks topic addressing some of the diversity, and size of populations within the ocean. We will soon be taking another direction on the course, looking at how we interact with the deep ocean, and the potential economic benefits of exploiting the mineral wealth held there. Continue reading →

PhD “Life”

Hi all, Given that the topic of landslides came up during week 1 of the course, here is a little about my daily work on submarine landslide deposits. First of all, how do we learn about submarine landslides? Seeing as the ocean is so large and we can't really have any cameras permanently on the ocean floor with which to observe them, we have to primarily look at their aftermath (i.e. the material they leave behind). Continue reading →

PhD Life: Millie

This week we are sharing a little about life as a PhD student at NOCS, so here is a run down of a typical day for me! Feel free to ask me questions! Most days start with a little reading over some coffee, a large part of the first year involves getting to grips with the science, and getting to know the material. I try to read for a good hour or so before I head into work, then make some notes and follow up on the references. Continue reading →