Challenging Habitat
humpback-whale Brigitte Werner, on Pixabay

The Humpback Whale in My Mind’s Eye

Recently, I attended a cetacean identification course with Orca (highly recommended!) and it featured stunning videos of dolphins and whales.

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.

Whale ID HW-MN0502372 by Frank Garita

Seas Your Future Ocean Science Update

Back in January, Seas Your Future facilitated a fantastic opportunity for six young Scientists in Residence to carry out research project during a 12 day voyage on the Pelican of London along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica…. Read More

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

Pelican of London in calm tropical waters

Sailing and Science in Costa Rica

Our six Seas Your Future Scientists in Residence in Costa Rica have sailed the Pacific Coast off Puerto Rico for a few days now. You might imagine their work to be a breeze, more of a holiday really,… 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

Alone with the Elements!

As eight explorers turn their backs to the departing ship, they know that for the next six weeks, the team are totally self-reliant.

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.

View over the bowsprit of Pelican of London.

Ocean College Scientific Data

The tall ship Pelican of London is off the African coast and on its way across the Atlantic with a bunch of kids from Germany on their big Ocean College adventure.