The last few months since my last post have probably been the busiest career period in my life so far! A quick recap:
I participated in my second expedition on the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer in December 2017. Some similarity in that I returned as Co-Lead but lots of differences as we were exploring the Gulf of Mexico. You can find out more about this expedition here.
The story by bioGraphic from the expedition to St. Paul’s and St. Peter’s Rocks in the Atlantic Ocean was finally released. If you want an entertaining story with great photos and video of the deep-ocean exploration and awesome technology, head over here for more. Some great outreach and exploration!
I started my Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship with Dr. Adrian Glover at the Natural History Museum in London. My focus will be human impacts on the deep ocean, especially deep-sea mining. Here’s a link to the lab webpage.
I’ve joined the leadership of the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative working group that focuses on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ). This group aims to provide advice and information to policymakers involved in the BBNJ process being undertaken at the United Nations currently.
I’m part of an awesome team that was just funded by National Geographic and the Inter-American Development Bank to test a pilot program to explore the deep ocean of two Small Island Developing States while simultaneously building lasting capacity. You can find out more about our project, ‘My Deep Sea, My Backyard’ here.
Meetings and Workshops
MIT Media Lab hosted ‘Here Be Dragons’, an event dedicated to identifying the uncharted territories that still exist in ocean exploration in February. I was invited to speak in the session addressing ‘How can we ensure a thriving ocean for generations to come?’. You can watch a full recording of all talks here.
The Royal Society hosted a workshop on the draft regulations for the exploitation of mineral resources in the Area: policy, legal and institutional considerations in London, which I was invited to attend by the Royal Society and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK. You can find the full report from this workshop here.
I attended Ocean Sciences Meeting in Oregon, USA, for the first time where I chaired a session on Exploration of the Pacific Deep Sea on behalf of NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.
I participated in the Council Session of the International Seabed Authority in Jamaica in March 2018 wth Dr. Judith Gobin on behalf of the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative. A full report of that can be found here.
I was invited by the International Seabed Authority and United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States to share my experience as one of the few female deep-sea biologists from a vulnerable country at a side event, ‘Enhancing the Role of Women in Marine Deep Sea Scientific Research to Achieve the Goals and Targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the Vulnerable Countries’, at the United Nations in New York in March 2018. You can find more information here.