Keep posted for my latest work - but here is a little tease…
From the surface of the ocean to the unsuspecting deep there are organisms and animals in every square mile, inch, and drop, of seawater we have explored. This assortment extends beyond the waterlines both above and below the surface, to the shorelines of our beaches and rock pools landward, to the deepest muds of our abyssal plains running close to our earth’s core. But given we have explored less of the oceans than we have than the moon, there is likely more for us to uncover still, and potentially new jobs to marine biology too. The sea is awash with diversity, so why isn’t this reflected in societies thinking of what a marine biologist is?
Making marine biology a more equitable, diverse and inclusive place is something i’m keen to see, but in order to see change happen we have to understand the barriers that are at play to be able to remove them. Here for The Marine Biologist, a membership magazine for the Marine Biology Association, I discussed the lack of diversity within marine science to acknowledge that it is no longer the responsibility for underrepresented minorities to call for change. As allies we must support minority groups within our fields by using our positions of privilege to break down barriers that actively uphold discrimination in marine science to build a visibly welcoming community to truly combat the climate crisis in an equitable and most effective manner. From this I was keen to actually put words into practise and was part of initiating an EDI committee to be set up at the Marine Biological Association, if you are keen to get involved have suggestions or ideas please get in contact with us.
Click here to view the article.
Microplastics are small fragments or fibres of plastic less than 5 mm in size and face threats to our ocean. Since the first influential paper in 2004, by Richard Thompson and colleagues, the field has grown and grown, recognising the impact it has on the organisms in the ocean but it’s important to consider the wider impact this has on our ocean cycling itself. I wrote this article fresh out of my undergraduate degree after I conducted a research project on how microplastics can really impact carbon cycling in the ocean.
Read it here on Marine Diaries.