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Alex tries to unravel a mussel mystery!

CACHE ITN - Published on March 30, 2015 by nina

CACHE PhD fellow, Alexander Ventura, shares his experience in trying to unravel a mussel mystery! 'I’ve recently been tackling the issue of hybrid mussels here at Krisitneberg marine station: what are believed to be blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) here may actually be a complex of blue mussels and blue mussel-bay mussel (Mytilus trossulus) hybrids. Before starting ...more

Mad scientist, weird chemicals?

CACHE ITN - Published on April 16, 2015 by nina

CACHE researcher, Kirti Ramesh, sheds some light on her 'fluorescent' experiments: "I have learnt recently that the most striking feature that people notice about my experiments (or that they ask about) is the fluorescent solutions I work with. The second question that usually follows is whether I eat my oysters following experiments! Although, I don’t eat the ...more

Jaison crushes shells for proteins!

CACHE ITN - Published on April 15, 2015 by nina

CACHE Early Stage Researcher, Jaison Arivalagan, gives his account of some of his research work: "Recently, I did some preliminary work, prior to the protein extraction from shells i.e. cleaning and powdering the shells. It’s interesting to watch the transformation of shells after cleaning them for a whole day. I am working on three different clam shells which are of ...more

Marie Curie Experienced Researcher in Bioinformatics - ER1

CACHE ITN - Published on April 13, 2015 by nina

Salary: £48,692-£54,086 per annum (see below). Duration: 22 months. Closing date for applications: 5pm 7 May 2015. Start date: as soon as possible. Summary: We have a rare opportunity for a junior bioinformatician with experience in next-generation genomics to join one of the Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN) as an Experienced Researcher (ER). The ER will be based ...more

Buoy deployments on Arctic sea ice

ICE-ARC - EU FP7 project website - Published on 9 April 2015 by katsli

It is not common to encounter research vessels cruising through the Arctic ice pack in mid-winter. Thick and consolidated ice, polar night, and extreme weather conditions do not allow researchers to widely study the Arctic system in the winter months. This year, a great opportunity came up with R/V Lance being frozen into the Arctic ...more

UK Arctic Science Conference 2015: Call for abstracts

NERC Arctic Office - Published on March 30, 2015 by Nicola Munro

The 2015 UK Arctic Science Conference will be hosted by the University of Sheffield and take place from lunchtime on the 16th September to lunchtime on the 18th of September.  Registration and abstract submission is now open! Deadline for abstracts: Friday 17th July Deadline for Registration: Friday 28th August Please see the website for further information: ...more

Clarence and Clemmie visit Antarctica!

CACHE ITN - Published on March 30, 2015 by nina

In the second part of their adventure, Clarence and Clemmie (two classy clams), report from their travels to Antarctica: "Finally we can say 'Greetings from Clarence and Clemmie in Antarctica'! What a journey! We know it looks a long way on the map, but the trip seemed to go on forever. We left Cambridge at 9.30am ...more

iSTAR wraps on the ice!

iSTAR - NERC Ice Sheet Stability Programme - Published on January 30, 2015 by Paul Seagrove

The ambitious iSTAR science programme, which is studying the retreat of Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica, has successfully completed the field work component of its six year, £7.4 million, mission. During the past two field seasons scientists and support teams crossed the glacier on tractors and skidoos, covering more than 2400 kilometres and working at different ...more

Early career support - applications open

IGS 2015 - Published on February 4, 2015 by Elaina Ford

The process for applications for support for early career scientists are available at here. Please send in your application by the 19th ...more

Antarctic Fieldwork Support

Polar Geomatics - Published on March 20, 2015 by Louise

We regularly provide geospatial support to scientists who are heading out into the deep field in Antarctica. Recently, we’ve helped one particular research team plan their trip into the field, scheduled for the end of this year. Funded by NERC, Dr Joanne Johnson is leading an international team aiming to deliver a high-resolution record of past changes in ...more