Michelle Taylor (St Anne’s College) and I (Oli Ashford, Merton College) will be leaving the comparative safety of Oxford to join the RRS James Clark Ross in the Falkland Islands on the 21st of February. From there we’ll be steaming towards the South Orkney Islands (dodging the icebergs) taking part in a British Antarctic Survey-organised research cruise. We’ll be sampling deep-sea creatures living on the seabed hundreds to thousands of metres below to get a better picture of the benthic communities in the region.
You can follow our progress on twitter (@Dr_MTaylor, #SOAntEco), and via blog updates posted here and on the official BAS website. You can even check out what we’re up to real-time using the ship’s webcam!