UPDATE: Exploration in the Marianas Region

I recently returned from a fantastic expedition on Leg 1 of the Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. Honestly, it was one of the best cruises of my life! The imagery was stunning, every dive was exciting, there was lots of outreach, telepresence rocks, the team on board was so much fun and so professional, and it turns out the geology lead on board (Deb Glickson) is my science soulmate. I feel incredibly lucky and grateful that I was invited to take part as Biology Lead. If I could do that for the rest of my days, things would be perfect but alas, it’s back to hypothesis-driven science rather than exploration and hypothesis-generating science for me! Hey, that isn’t too bad anyway 😉 Continue reading

Exploration in the Marianas Region

On Wednesday 20th April, I will be setting sail aboard the NOAA ship, the Okeanos Explorer, for three weeks (20th April to 11th May). The goal of our expedition is to explore the area around the Marianas Trench using an ROV. What is exciting and special about the Okeanos Explorer is that it only does exploration and science communication (not research-driven science) – it’s ROV basically just drives around looking for cool stuff! The best bit is that all dives are streamed in HD imagery LIVE on the internet so anyone can watch! Continue reading

31 Caribbean Women To Watch

I was completely surprised to learn that I’ve been featured as one of the 31 Caribbean women to watch by the blog “Caribbean Girls Who Blog”. It’s made my month! Thanks gals, I am really honoured.

Whether you are part of the Caribbean diaspora or still at home in the islands, “Caribbean Girls Who Blog” is an awesome little blog that you should become familiar with. Great tips on blogging and a special community of strong Caribbean women doing great things!

Here’s the link to the post: http://caribbeangirlswhoblog.com/31-caribbean-women-to-watch/

And here’s a link to the blog: http://caribbeangirlswhoblog.com/

Deep Sea News blog post

Hooray! My guest post for the blog ‘Deep Sea News’ is now up!

The post highlights my postdoctoral research investigating the megafauna that live in the UKSRL claim area in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the Pacific Ocean. This area has some of the most valuable metal resources on the planet: vast fields of polymetallic nodules. This work is part of the ABYSSLINE Project and is crucial as this area will likely be mined in the near future.

Check out my DSN guest post here:



14th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium in Portugal

Disclaimer: this blog post is embarrassingly overdue!

In early September 2015, I attended the 14th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium (DSBS) and Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) Planning Meeting in Aveiro, Portugal, and wow, what an incredibly enjoyable and valuable week it was! This was my first time attending either event having been at sea in 2012 when the DSBS took place in New Zealand. It was also my first conference since I attended the World Conference of Marine Biodiversity in 2011, so needless to say, I felt a bit rusty. Continue reading

Our organic-fall paper is out!

What animals colonise wood and whale bones on two seamounts in the Southwest Indian Ridge? Are the communities more similar between substrate types or seamounts? Are any of the animals new to science? Are the communities made up of organic-fall specialists or background opportunists? These are some of the questions that colleagues and I wanted to answer when we deployed these wood and bone packages for two years off South Africa. Findings are reported in the paper below. Continue reading