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
Have you heard enough about copepods yet? Check out this article from Planet Earth - there might be a familiar face if you're viewing on desktop.
https://twitter.com/NERC_CAO/status/1110112695339151360 Genuinely hate the sound of my own voice - is that how everyone feels?
I recently contributed to a series by the Arctic Institute which aims to highlight the roles of women working and living in the Arctic, increasing the visibility and empowering the voices of women. I am really excited that they allowed me to be involved! Check it out here: https://www.thearcticinstitute.org/vegan-sea-gan-arctic-ocean/ https://twitter.com/HollyEJenkins/status/1087757592313643008
So, after being safely back on land and suitably warmed, what happens now? First off, have some numbers: 18 stations sampled 152 water samples fixed to allow plankton cell counts 402 water samples filtered to collect particulate matter 485 copepods frozen 12590 eggs counted (each one was actually counted three times, and most were frozen) … Continue reading What next?
I am sad to say we have reached the end of the expedition. We have taken our last samples, washed everything, and packed it all away in boxes and containers. I'm going to miss my nights with the copepods, and being rocked to sleep by the waves every morning. But luckily, I have plenty of … Continue reading Part 10 – Longyearbyen
If you thought upon reading the blog post title that this would be an apology over the recent lack of news, you were wrong. We've had no internet for a week now, so it's been beyond my control, couldn't do anything about it, get off my back okay?! But no, we're now just off the … Continue reading Part 9 – Confession
It's been an exciting few days, with things on board being broken more often than not. This didn't just include the scientific equipment and winches used to lift them, but also the rear thrusters (or something equally important sounding and useful) for moving the ship. We were stuck in quite thick ice for a bit … Continue reading Part 8: Engineers are amazing
POLAR BEAR! This is a quick post to express my overwhelming excitement at seeing a POLAR BEAR! I can't take credit for the fantastic pictures, they were taken by Flo Atherden as there was no time to run and get my camera when I was in the presence of a POLAR BEAR! I must say … Continue reading Part 7: POLAR BEAR
We just reached the Arctic ice! I know my evidence for this is is not that impressive given it is like 1km away and is possibly just a 1m squared bit, but it counts. Later today we'll be properly iced I think, so I expect to see infinite polar bears and narwhals, for sure. Thought … Continue reading Part 6: Breaking the Ice
The whales are hiding from me. Even when the fog lifts, there is only empty ocean as far as the eye can see. You can see why sailors used to think the open ocean was barren. That is, until you get nets in and actually have a look. Sampling began at 11pm last night, with … Continue reading Part 5: Coping Without The Right Copepods
It's happened! We officially passed into the Arctic circle at 22:53, beers in hand, to a beautiful sunset. It was truly a special moment....then immediately the mist descended and we couldn't see anything.
So yesterday I learnt what being at sea is actually like. I don't think many of the crew were bothered, but we were rocking around all over the place. It's especially fun when nothing stays where you put it and you can play a game of human pinball through the corridors, having no control of … Continue reading Part 3: Sea Sick?
I'm surrounded by blue! I've contacted the whales through the language of willpower to let them know I'm about. But I think they'll wait until after our stop by Aberdeen to visit us. I'm still doing regular checks for them just in case: it's a good excuse to get out of the labs and go … Continue reading Part 2: Not Mushroom For More Risotto
It is said that 0.05% of the world's population is vegan and of that world, 71% is ocean. So therefore, evidently, at some point, a vegan will end up in the ocean. But what would become of such a vegan? What will they eat? Will they cope? Is the ocean vegan friendly? These are the … Continue reading Part 1: An Introduction
This website will be fully up and running by the 8th May, to be filled with much mayhem of a vegan venturing into the world of research expeditions.