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Arctic Live 2018 speakers

For this year’s Arctic Live event, researchers from the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory have joined forces to show you the beauty, science and the challenges facing this extreme environment.

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop
Director, Digital Explorer
Educationalist and expedition-leader, Jamie recognised the need to narrow the gap between science and his students. In 2004, he began experimenting with the use of technology in the classroom to find ways to spark his pupils’ imagination. By 2007, he founded Digital Explorer to provide his students with real-life encounters with field scientists working in the remote corners of the planet.A decade later, Digital Explorer has made science an exciting subject for millions of children around the globe. In addition to the Oceans Education Explore Live programmes, it has added 360 Virtual Reality as a new tool to support teachers in their mission to inspire students to learn. In 2017, Digital Explorer’s Arctic 360VR reached over 1.1 million views.

Dr Kathryn Smith
Marine Biologist, University of Exeter (UK)
Katie is a marine biologist who is interested in understanding how marine invertebrates can adapt to survive in a changing world. Both local and global shifts in climate are currently occurring, which have the potential to be of significant ecological consequence. She is currently working on a project examining how future climate change and ocean acidification will affect the eco-physiological thresholds of marine invertebrates across generations.To get to this exciting place in her career as a scientist, she has completed a rigorous academic journey in Marine Biology. Katie completed her PhD in Marine Biology at the University of Southampton in 2013, her MSc in Oceanography at University of Southampton in 2008 and BSC in Marine in Biology and Coastal Ecology (1st, hons) University of Plymouth in 2003.

Clara Nielson
PhD Student, University of Exeter (UK)
Clara is currently in her last year of her PhD in marine biology at University of Exeter, working on the effects of ocean acidification and pollution. She mainly focuses on sediment dwelling polychaetes and how they respond to a lowering pH, combined with metal pollutants.Clara’s interest in following a scientist’s career stems from her undergraduate degree, also at Exeter, where she had the opportunity to study marine biology as well as base her dissertation on the subject of ocean acidification. She was lucky to have Dr Ceri Lewis as her supervisor for her dissertation, who she then went on to start her PhD with.

On her first expedition to the Arctic, she will be taking water samples for carbonate chemistry as well as sampling for microplastics.

Nick Scott
MSc student, University of Exeter (UK)
Nick is an MSc by research student at the University of Exeter studying microplastics and plastic debris in the marine environment. He is currently researching the relationship between microplastic particles in seawater, coastal sediment, and in blue mussels in estuaries and rocky shores on the south-west coast of the UK.

Nick’s interest in how we interact with the marine environment developed from his undergraduate degree in biological sciences, also at University of Exeter. In June 2017, he co-led a research expedition with Sail Britain investigating the distribution of microplastics in Cornwall’s rivers.

Nick will be taking samples of microplastics and plankton at different depths of the water to investigate the transport of plastic waste to the Arctic.

Eleanor MacKay
Field Producer
Ellie is an award-winning science communicator and extreme environment drone pilot with a passion for social impact. Specialising in conservation, tech and environment as well as humanitarian relief. She has a postgraduate degree in Science Communication following 7 years’ international science teaching and previous experience in TV production. She is now combining her production experience and love of scientific storytelling to create engaging content. Her particular passion lies in highlighting environmental solutions through mixed media, including online written, visual and audio materials, short films and podcasts.

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