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By on Friday, June 22nd, 2018

  The first paper from research I have been involved with has been published!                           Gannets, like many marine predators, can travel hundreds or thousands of kilometres to find food, but how they learn to locate prey patches in the open ocean has […]

By on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

April 25th marked the return of the School of Earth and Environment/ Chemistry meetings with the beginning session focused on the Mesosphere-Lower Thermosphere area of the atmosphere in the Chemistry seminar room. 3 speakers gave their talks over an hour and a half period: Chris Kelly – Chemistry-climate model simulations of a mesospheric-lower thermospheric source […]

By on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

A return journey was made to Kühlungsborn from mid-September to mid-October. The goal was to continue lidar measurements but for nickel (Ni) this time rather than aluminium oxide (AlO). During the March-May 2017 observations, no observable AlO layer was measured. Instead an upper limit value of AlO was obtained which entailed taking the detection limit […]

By on Monday, December 11th, 2017

During the past three months (September-November) I was on placement at the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn (Germany), in the Sectoral Approaches unit within the Mitigation, Data and Analysis programme (MDA). This internship was a great opportunity to access the most up-to-date information, advice, guidance and tools related to REDD+ monitoring and the various steps in […]

By on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Are you a fan of the Northern lights? Maybe you’re a rocket connoisseur! Then the International Workshop on Layered Phenomena in the Mesopause Region (LPMR) is perfect for you. This was the 13th installation of the workshop and it took place from the 18th – 22nd September in the seaside resort of Kühlungsborn, Germany. The […]

By on Friday, September 15th, 2017

Thanks to INTERACT funding, I have just completed my fieldwork at Finse Alpine Research Station, southern Norway. My focus was investigating the response of river ecosystem functioning (decomposition, respiration) to reducing glacial influence. Myself and my supervisors visited sampling sites across the Hardangervidda Plateau twice this summer, incubating cellulose decomposition assays and collecting stream cobbles […]

By on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

If one were to judge science based off of published papers, it would be assumed the work of a scientist was always productive. No issues would ever occur, no instrument would break and no model would crash. In reality, we don’t live in a scientific utopia. Troubleshooting and maintenance represents part of the everyday. Laser […]

By on Thursday, August 17th, 2017

One of the most exciting aspects of the field season is getting to download the data from the GPS tags and seeing where the gannets have been.  As in previous years, we left the tags on for 7 to 10 days allowing us to record multiple trips from each bird. A popular foraging location for […]

By on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

In June I was lucky enough to join a trip to Beijing organised by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), to attend the Air Pollution and Human Health (APHH) meeting which was taking place there. I’m sure it will come as no surprise to anybody that the sightseeing, the food and the evenings out […]

By on Friday, June 16th, 2017

Germany. The land of efficiency, beer and lederhosen. For myself however, it was an opportunity to do some cutting-edge research in a country renown for scientific innovation. Some beer was still enjoyed along the way. The goal of the fieldwork was to successfully measure the aluminium and nickel layers in the upper atmosphere, a region […]