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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 →

#UoSmorestars or #UoSmoremicrobes?

  As a starter for this week, we are asking you whether you think there are more stars in the sky, or more microbes under the sea (FutureLearn). According to calculations, the global ocean contains approximately 4.4 x 1028 living microbial cells. (For anyone not familiar with notation such as 1028, 4.4. x 1028 means 44000000000000000000000000000 living microbial cells, or forty-four octillion if you prefer!). Continue reading →


Hello MOOCers, today I am going to tell you a little bit of what I am doing in my PhD and my main activities throughout the day! 1. FORAMS (a.k.a. Foraminifera) Figure1. Best of Foraminifera My main aim is to look at how topographical features such as abyssal hills ( affect benthic Foraminifera (those that live on the seabed). Continue reading →