Challenging Habitat Blog

A change is as good as a rest :)

Hello my friends, it is time to introduce my new venture to you. I have left the University of Plymouth to set up as a freelance science communicator and environmental educator. Based on over 20 years of experience… Read More

Sail Training and Ocean Science

A couple of years ago I got involved with the charity Seas Your Future and to incorporate elements of ocean science and citizen science into sail training on the tall ship Pelican of London. It is the UN… Read More

Want to reduce uncertainty? Read on…

We all know that life is full of uncertainty and most of the time, we don’t notice it too much, let alone worry about it. We’re used to it.

Earth Day

Today, 22 April 2021, is Earth Day. Everybody (well, almost, or not even that) is in on it: The Independent reports on Greta Thunberg’s criticism of US fossil fuel subsidies, The Telegraph sports the ’10 best sustainable beauty… Read More

Expedition supports Antarctic Science

The next Austral summer (2021/22) will see a rare man-hauled expedition across the Antarctic Peninsula. The expedition team will be ‘dropped off’ at Portal Point, haul equipment up steep slopes and cross the Forbidden Plateau (my question is:… Read More

Eerily beautiful: crack in the Brunt Ice Shelf – Drone Footage

Brunt I’ve Shelf has now calved: read more in the BAS press release.

World Parks sponsored the Darwin200 UK Voyage

Watch a summary of the circumnavigation and big thanks to World Parks on YouTube:

Watch “D200 Ep 21: Scottish Marine Life (underwater world of sea lochs, wave-lashed islands and narrows)” on YouTube

Video and Featured Image: Dr Rohan Holt

Darwin200 UK: Last Day!

I’m back on the Pelican of London for the final day of the voyage: up the Thames, through Tower Bridge (twice) and the final docking at Canary wharf. It feels strange to be socially distancing from people I… Read More

Darwin200 day 25: learning and filming

This morning, trainee sailors heated all about the engine and pre-start checks from the bosun Steve. The afternoon was occupied with filming the young scientists while they relate the outcomes of their investigations. The stories are coming together… Read More

Darwin 200 day 18 later: pottering between Raasay and Skye

With the beautiful backdrop of the Inner Hebrides, we’ve got a day packed with science and filming. The diving team is studying the benthos and once more bring specimen aboard. This starfish is regrowing several arms lost in… Read More

Darwin200 day 16: off to Skye or not?

It’s a sunny morning on Lewis and we are preparing for departure. That means cleaning of heads and showers, happy hour, including brassoing (is that a word?) the brass. Then Patrick Harper captured our ‘pet seal’ on video…. Read More