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Plastics in Peru? First experience of an international workshop.

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There are many reasons why keen graduates choose to do a PhD – for a challenge; to push forward the boundaries of their chosen subject; to show what they are capable of. But also, to have the opportunity to go to fantastic places around the world, many of which would be inaccessible unless visiting with a research team. PhDs are a great chance to get to travel and network with a huge range of different people around the world. For the two of us; Chris Walkinshaw and Zara Botterell, both EnvEast students based at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), our first opportunity for international travel came through a microplastics workshop in Lima, Peru. We both applied separately for places on this workshop (funded by the ODA Newton-Paulet Fund), and luckily we were both successful, and found ourselves on a 13-hour flight to Peru on the 7th October.Read More...

Storm in a teacup? Journey to a PhD

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I remember doing an art project back in school on the ideas of surrealism; constructing a bedroom with an upside-down door, and the moon shining through a window with a Cheshire cat smile….. Read More...

Snake fungal disease: potential impacts on European snakes

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In the past decade, snake populations in North America have declined – attributed to snake fungal disease. Snakes benefit ecosystems in a number of ways; one of the most important is to keep pest species such as rats under control. As I’m sure you’re aware, in the US snakes are heavily persecuted for events such as ‘rattlesnake roundups’ and harmless snakes are often targeted due to mistaken identity. Over the past few decades, conservationists have worked hard to help these populations recover but now a new nemesis is on the horizon. Read More...

St Vincent blog: St Vincent Volcano Awareness Week 2018

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3 PhD Students, one beautiful Caribbean island and 130 kilograms of volcano……


Sometime in the dark and dreary months of February/March this year, we three first year PhD students got some AMAZING news….. Our supervisor/co-supervisor was headed to the Caribbean for a week of volcano-related outreach and guess what?
She needed to take some extra people to carry her GIANT VOLCANO EXHIBIT!!!!
This presented a very difficult choice, go to the Caribbean…. or stay in Norwich. Ultimately, we were “
persuaded” to take up the offer of an all-expenses paid trip to the island of St Vincent – not just for the sun, sea and sand but because this was an excellent opportunity to hone our skills in organisation, science communication, community outreach and time management (of course!). Not to mention the chance to climb an active volcano – something we volcanologists literally can’t get enough of!

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Nature's Farmers

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The transition from human hunter-gathering to agriculture occurred approximately 10,000 years ago and is often heralded as a major transition in human evolution. However, millions of years earlier, several other unsuspecting species had already taken the step towards intensive agriculture and were busy cultivating their own crop varieties.
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