Challenging Habitat
Young Sailors from Sail Training Ireland learning (to coil) the ropes

At Sea with Young Sailors

I’m at sea aboard Pelican of London with 23 young sailors who share my interest in science and technology.

Royal Meteorological Society

When the Royal Meteorological Society invited me to write a guest blog about the Antarctic Quest 21 expedition for their MetMatters page, I analysed the daily SitReps provided daily from the Antarctic Peninsula by expedition leader Paul Hart… Read More

Snow accumulation pole at basecamp, Portal Point, installed on 15 Dec 2021. (c) Antarctic Quest 21.

Expedition: Done ✓ The Science has only just started …

In his concluding situation report, Paul leaves it to others to judge whether Antarctic Quest 21 was a successful expedition. I’ll try to provide him with an answer for his Priority 3: Science

snow sampling tubes for metal analysis

Antarctic Quest 21 – Team Science

As Antarctic Quest 21 draws to a close, the science team find time to send some video footage of what they have been doing.

View of Forbidden Plateau, Antarctic Peninsula. (c) Antarctic Quest 21.

Antarctic Quest 21 Science Reaches out to Schools with LikeToBe

It was such fun to do this webinar for school kids from different ages and I was truly astonished what well-considered and pertinent questions I was asked. Well done, all of you! There was one question I couldn’t… Read More

An Expedition beset by Gruelling Weather Conditions…

The Antarctic Quest 21 expedition I’m supporting as scientific advisor has been beset by most arduous weather conditions – storms alternating with snow blizzards and zero visibility… Nevertheless, the team are in good spirit and ingenious in repairing… Read More

Antarctic Quest 21 is on its Way

I have the feeling that the Antarctic Quest 21 team just sneaked out of the country before more stringent ‘omicron’-related restrictions made it even more difficult to get this expedition on its way.

The Start of the Antarctic Expedition is Near!

Simon Newton of Forces.Net covered the launch event of the Antarctic Quest 21 expedition on the Wellington with a short film. Watch it here: https://www.forces.net/video?video=50104

Antarctic Landscape 2012

Science in Plain English

At the pre-departure event of the Antarctic Quest 21 expedition, I had the pleasure of explaining the scientific projects to the gathering.

100 years ago…

…Sir Ernest Shackleton set sail from Plymouth aboard Quest for the Shackleton-Rowett  Antarctic expedition with a strong scientific mission. The event is marked today by the Devon-Cornwall Polar Society with an all-day event in Plymouth, which is covered… Read More

Want to reduce uncertainty?

We all know that life is full of uncertainty and most of the time, we don’t notice it too much, let alone worry about it. We’re used to it. Yet for me, the covid pandemic has, once again,… Read More

Young sail-trainee at the helm in the North Sea

Around Britain in a Tall Ship 2020

During the covid pandemic lockdown in August/September 2020, the sail training charity Seas Your Future and Darwin200.com achieved something remarkable: to organise a circumnavigation of the British Isles in the tall ship Pelican of London.