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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 […]


By on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Our return visits to the Bass certainly didn’t disappoint! If you read the previous blog, you’ll know we put out some GPS loggers on gannets in April this year in a first attempt at finding out how they behave early in the breeding season before they are constrained by incubating eggs or feeding chicks. The […]


By on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

My first field work blog of the year is a little earlier than usual. This is because, excitingly, we are attempting to gather some slightly different data this year. As I explained in Gannet Grabbing, the GPS tagging of adult gannets has traditionally taken place during the period of the breeding season when the birds […]


By on Friday, February 24th, 2017

On the 22nd of February James Bullock from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and I went through to Ghent University to their Forest & Nature Lab  and had a meeting either side of a presentation, given by James, meeting with Kris Verheyen, Pieter De Frenne and Thomas Vanneste. Thomas is a new PhD student […]


By on Friday, October 7th, 2016

The DTPs biosphere day took place on 23rd September at Devonshire Hall, to complete the line-up of spheres workshops for 2015-16.  The aim of the day was to give students a taste of some of the research going on in the biosphere at Leeds University. The theme for the day was urban ecology and we […]