Last week marked the Changing Arctic Ocean annual science meeting, held in Potsdam, Germany. A lot of people from both of the cruises were there, and it was great to catch up and see what everyone had been doing with their precious copepods or less precious (imo) sediment, water or models. The vegan numbers have … Continue reading Reunion
My research is on the consequences of climate change, and I love this. In my opinion, climate change is the fight of our era and this focus makes my work worthwhile. However, it means I can't ignore everything else around me and tunnel my vision only to the consequences I'm researching. I now question every … Continue reading Part 2.8 – Afterthoughts
We left the RRS James Clark Ross yesterday, jumping onto the (mostly not) dry land that is Svalbard and almost immediately going on a four-hour hike to stretch our legs. Leaving was a little sad - the ship has been sold and this is her final season with the British Antarctic Survey. After the crew … Continue reading Part 2.7 – Back on land
It’s very difficult to keep track of what I’ve written, what has managed to get onto the internet, and what can currently be read at holly-jenkins.com. The internet is worse than last time, and I haven’t synced my mailbox for six days never mind tried to google. Last year we had some interesting system where … Continue reading Part 2.6 – Ship life
It’s difficult to maintain decent levels of self-confidence when animals without brains are constantly outwitting you. When I have picked copepods from the nets on the first day of my experiment, I put half into my incubation bottles and let them eat away happily for 24 hours. After that time, all I have to do … Continue reading Part 2.5 – Outsmarted by the copepods
We’re in the ice! It’s not actually growlers (ice less than 1m above sea level), it’s mostly broken up pack ice and some multi-year ice. But in my opinion, all ice is gorgeous. It really feels like we’re in the Arctic now. Sadly we’re straight back out the ice again because most of our nets … Continue reading Part 2.4 – N-ice growler
We’ve been so lucky with wildlife so far – yesterday we think we saw a humpback whale! Some people aboard don’t believe this but we have photos and have contacted an Arctic whale expert (Trina) so I’m going all in and saying definite humpback sighting. We saw a magnificent tail fluke and some blows, and … Continue reading Part 2.3 – It begins
Just now I was working in the lounge when the phone rang. ‘Orca, port side’, announced the ship’s doctor. The instant the words are out of her mouth, there’s a dash for all the exits. I’ve never seen so many scientists move so fast. Within moments, we reach the outer door, but it’s there that … Continue reading Part 2.2 – ORCA!
We're off again, quite a lot later than planned (of course). We said goodbye to sunny Aberdeen yesterday with a swim and a run along the beach, hopped aboard, and were serenaded off by a lone dolphin. I am quickly realising that I used all my best vegan related puns last year, so I'm going … Continue reading Part 2.1 – The vegan is gone
You may have heard that soon there will again be an awkward eater terrorising the chefs on the RRS James Clark Ross. For this weekend, I will again bounce onto the ship to continue my tirade of 'does that contain milk?', 'no tasty cake for me thanks', and 'WHO'S EATEN ALL THE GINGER NUTS?!'. I'm … Continue reading Vegan at Sea Again!