Challenging Habitat

Death Trap!

I don’t usually share personal experiences here, but for the benefit of prickly wildlife, I’ll make an exception today.

Biodiversity – COP15

the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) state that around 50,000 wild species are used by humans through hunting, fishing, gathering, logging and harvesting, as well as observing. Around 20% of humanity rely on wild species for income and… Read More

Pelican of London Figurehead. (c) Rohan Holt.

Marine Measurement Forum

The 65th meeting of the Marine Measurement Forum (MMF65) was hosted by Aquatec on the 30th November 2022. It’s a good space for exchanging news on research, ideas and developments across the marine measurement and ocean technology –… Read More

Head in the Clouds!

We are celebrating the 250th birthday of Luke Howard, the man who named the clouds. Besides studying languages, pharmacy and natural sciences, he was an ‘amateur’ meteorologist. The Royal Meteorological Society is marking his contribution to the field… Read More

Ice fall at glacier front

Thoughts on COP

As scientist I spent many years finding out how human activity (in my case, metal mining) affects soil, water and organisms, how pollutants move and change in the environment, where they finish up.

Glacier in Neco Harbour, Antarctic Peninsula (c) C Braungardt 2022

STEAM Education Link IX

‘Time for Geography‘ provides a series of educational resources aimed at a GCSE to undergraduate audience, which are also suitable for the general interested public. Even if you, as I am, keeping up to date with current environmental… Read More

Common Dolphin

Nigel Welford – Star Scientist in Residence

Seas Your Future is not only taking teenagers on board for a voyage of sail training and personal development, but as part of the Ocean Science programme, are also giving young scientists the chance to gain experience with… Read More

Samples of bryozoan colonies on kelp under the microscope. (c) C Braungardt

Citizen Science along Sail Training

Coastal cruises provide many opportunities for undertaking citizen science projects that contribute valuable data to conservation organisations, such as the Marine Conservation Society and the Sea Watch Foundation.

Hayley helming the Pelican of London, August 2022. (c) C Braungardt

A Space for Personal Development

As our time at sea approaches a week, I notice a distinct change in the dynamic of personal relationships: they are marked by confidence. Confidence in the teenagers’ place within the team and confidence in their own ability.

Outflowing water from a copper-arsenic mine in Devon, UK

STEAM Education Link IV

If you are not sure what Science, Engineering and Technology have to do with Art, a visit to the Design Museum in London will solve the mystery… (math being an art of great beauty in itself doesn’t need… Read More

Common Dolphin

STEAM Education Link III

Katie Baker from the Sea Watch Foundation reports an exciting new sighting in Cardigan Bay: a melanistic common dolphin spotted on 11 August 22.

Ice fall at glacier front

STEAM Education Link II

Today’s STEAM link relates to an all-too-familiar phrase in the context of climate change: “…faster than…”