When I visited the Arctic the cry of the Arctic Tern punctuated every move and here at the bottom of the world it is just the same. Every day I hear that unmistakable squawk and can easily spot the elegant swooping shape of the little white Tern with its black cap. (They weigh approx 130kg… Continue reading Antarctic Animals Part One: Birds
A few people asked me to explain further about what I'm doing here, what Michelle and Sarah are working on and why. I thought I'd show some more of our day to day sampling activities. I don’t know about you but I thought I knew about food webs. Food webs describe the relationship between animals… Continue reading Investigating Food Webs
2nd February 2019 The reason we are at Deception Island is to take samples and collect data in order to make predictions about how future climate change might affect food webs. We are taking samples from terrestrial, freshwater and brackish (salty/fresh mix) intertidal locations and testing all sorts of things at those sites on a… Continue reading Sampling for science
28th January 2019 It is amazing how quickly a mystery place becomes home. Only six days ago I arrived here from the Spanish polar research vessel Hesperides, having climbed down the terrifying rope ladder wearing a dry suit made for a giant which made me feel claustrophobic and unable to move my limbs or head.… Continue reading Spanish Antarctic base Gabriel de Castilla
20th Jan 2019 On board Spanish Polar Research Vessel RV Hesperides. Crossing Drake Passage. Commanding Officer: Emilio Regodon Diary report: Drake Passage, next to Cape Horn, is the roughest crossing in the world so I have been preparing to experience the ship’s bows smashing down onto crashing waves and surging swells tossing and rolling us… Continue reading RV Hesperides
Well this has been an interesting start to 2019. I’m off to Antarctica! Just before Christmas I had an email from Michelle, one of the scientists I met in the Arctic. She told me that one of the researchers had dropped out from the expedition she is leading to Antarctica, would I like to go… Continue reading Antarctic Adventure
Things are getting very exciting in the studio. I have just signed my first edition of Giclee prints. The ever popular Whose Bot Did What? painting is now available as an archival quality Giclee print, signed and numbered by my good self, in an edition of 30. It is printed on a thick luscious luxury… Continue reading Exhibition Time!
I have a very heavy package here, I posted it from Svalbard two months ago. It is full of rocks and fossils and I am very excited about opening it up. I hope everything has arrived in one piece. I remember packing one piece of some kind of slate which was very thin, it… Continue reading My Rocks Have Arrived! Worms’ teeth part 2.
The biggest town in Svalbard is called Longyearbyen and this is where I stayed for a month after our expedition on the ship Antigua. With a population of about 2000 the old mining settlement of Longyearbyen sits in a valley at the foot of two glaciers. A string of wooden buildings on stilts leads to… Continue reading Longyearbyen in Colour
Back in May it was warm and cosy at the Natural History Museum when I hatched my 'Fossilised worms teeth' plan. The plan had seemed simple and exciting: Go sailing in the Arctic Sea. Land on the beach at a place called Kapp Belvedere. Walk up the river valley there. Extract Limestone rocks, 205 -500… Continue reading Expedition to Kapp Belvedere (Conodonts Part 2)