A Year in Industry- Part 1

If theres one thing that I regret from my undergraduate degree, its that I didnt take the opportunity to do a year in industry. A year in industry is where a student gets to go into the working field, whether at a research institute or a company, and work alongside experts for a year. This... Continue Reading →

Vampires in the deep

If you go down to the deep-sea tonight, you’re in for a big surprise. We’ve got Goblin sharks and Anglerfish, Fangtooths and Gulper Eels, and Isopods bigger than your eyes. But deep down there you will find a Halloween marvel, a deep-sea cephalopod of the night. The Vampire squid, Vampuroteuthis infernalis, which in Latin literally... Continue Reading →

PCB pollution: Killer of the whales

The other week I saw an article by The Guardian doing its rounds on my Facebook newsfeed. “Orca ‘apocalypse’: Half of killer whales doomed to die from pollution’. It caught my eye and has since caught the attention of various other media outlets. The paper in focus is recently released research on predictions of the... Continue Reading →

The firefly of the sea

On spring evenings, within the waters of the Japan you can find the sea lit brighter than the night sky. The cause of these illuminated waters is the tiny cephalopod, Watasenia scintillans, or more aptly known as the firefly squid. At 3 inches long these brightly lit creatures can be found in deep-sea shelf waters around Japan,... Continue Reading →

Trash Talk: A Plastic Ocean

Since Blue Planet 2 aired, the world has opened its eyes to the impacts of marine plastics and the UK has erupted into an ‘Anti-plastic frenzy’. From coffee shops implementing incentives of reusable coffee cups, to stores across the UK plotting to minimise packaging and single use plastics. Our modern-day society is built on the... Continue Reading →

Sharks in the Anthropocene: Fin Fighters

If I were to list all the impacts that humans are having on global elasmobranch populations, this would be a very long post, and I still probably wouldn’t be able to tell you everything. The baseline: humans are having a very negative effect on elasmobranch populations. Maybe you’re sat here reading this, having seen the... Continue Reading →

Extreme Marine: Vent Life

I’ve had exams for the past two weeks, and they’ve completely consumed my time and my energy. Although I only had two exams, they were pretty heavy in content. One was on sharks, and the other on Extreme Marine Habitats. Extreme Marine Habitats has been a pretty interesting module, delving from life in the Polar... Continue Reading →

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