Cyclones, Sea and Sampling Sediments III: Marcus the Marauder

Brooke Johnson With help from, and apologies to, Dr Rosalie Tostevin Day 6 – I awoke to what sounded like the waves breaking continuously on a beach, except we were a kilometre from the sea and it was beating against my window. Cyclone Marcus had arrived. The previous day, after leaving our first batch of... Continue Reading →

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100 Journeys – Exploring the world as a PhD student

Isabelle Taylor Sometimes it’s easy to complain about being a PhD student. The low pay, the long hours, the repeated arguments with your computer/lab equipment. But PhD life is not all bad. After all, we get to do new and exciting research, and work with lots of interesting people. And in environmental science, there are... Continue Reading →

So hot right now: My first volcano

Amber L. Madden-Nadeau As we approached Krakatau by boat, it was hard to believe that this was the site of the catastrophic eruption in 1883 that killed around 35,000 people. All of the islands were very much alive: green and forested, containing all manner of wildlife (Figure 1). The birds were singing and giant lizards... Continue Reading →

Antarctic Dreaming

Fiona Jones There’s a reason I work in Antarctica, rather than the jungle. First and foremost is probably my passion for the polar environment, and the wildlife to be found there, but I’m also pretty hopeless in the heat. We’ve now had a week of blazing sunshine in Oxford, and while I’m not complaining (summer... Continue Reading →

Tales from the South Pacific: Huahine

Ashley Sendell-Price The island of Huahine (in fact two islands: Huahine Nui and Huahine Iti) is often described as the Garden of Eden, enticing tourists with its lush forested landscape, turquoise lagoons (pictured below) and white-sand beaches. Although I do agree that this island is by far the most beautiful I have visited, for me Huahine lacks an... Continue Reading →

Tales from the South Pacific: Mo’orea

Ashley Sendell-Price After a year of planning and 53 hours of travelling I arrived on Mo’orea; the first of five French Polynesian islands that I will be visiting over a two-month period as part of my DPhil. I am here to study the silvereye, Zosterops lateralis, a small passerine bird that was introduced to French Polynesia... Continue Reading →

Squid, scuba diving and fish dissections

Christina Hunt Squid, scuba diving and fish dissections. Those three things sum up my undergraduate fieldwork in Honduras, Central America. I was based on the tropical island paradise of Utila, where during the summer months a small dive centre transitions into a hub of marine research activity. The site is run by a team of... Continue Reading →

Deep rocks at high altitude

Anna Bidgood This summer I spent a month working in the Indian Himalayas, looking at rocks that have been subducted to depths of 100 km beneath the surface of the earth. These rocks are known as Ultra-High-Pressure (UHP) rocks and contain minerals such as coesite (a high pressure form of quartz) and microdiamond, indicating that... Continue Reading →

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