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Journey to the centre of The Earth Ascension: What makes this volcano tick?

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Volcanic eruptions are one of the most fascinating phenomena on the planet, capturing the imaginations of some of our greatest writers and philosophers throughout ancient history, and more recently fuelling some of Hollywood’s most ridiculous action movies (Dante’s Peak anyone?). Although volcanic eruptions can indeed be beautiful and spectacular they can also be catastrophic for communities living alongside them.

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Atmosphere-Ocean Exchange of Volatile Compounds in the Canadian Arctic

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This article was co-written by Charel Wohl and his supervisor Mingxi Yang (miya@pml.ac.uk) in acknowledgement of their BEIS funded research project.

My PhD student (Mr. Charel Wohl) and I installed a highly sensitive mass spectrometer (proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometer) on the CCGS Amundsen in May 2017 when the ship was in port in Quebec City, Canada. Charel joined the expedition on board of the Amundsen in early July 2017 for Leg 2b, which will finish in mid August 2017. He has been able to successfully detect several organic compounds in the Arctic waters as well as in the atmosphere, including alcohols, acetone, acetaldehyde, dimethyl sulfide, and isoprene. Charel has also been helping Profs’ Else and Papakyriakou’s teams with collections of seawater samples for carbonate chemistry analysis, as well as assisting their measurements of air-sea carbon dioxide fluxes by the eddy covariance method


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From Wrinkles to Jaffa Cakes

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After a ramshackle journey on the London underground I stumbled out into the streets of Westminster. Having abandoned my goggles and lab coat in Norwich; I tried to suppress the feeling of being a small girl dressed in her mother’s work clothes, as I wandered passed the round face of Big Ben and the illustrious Palace of Westminster. I was later to learn that part of this building, Westminster Hall, has seen 1000 years’ worth of British history, including the coronations of countless monarchs and the grizzlier sentences of Guy Fawkes and King Charles I, both drawn and quartered. This did not ease by sense of smallness.
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Conferences and Posters

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Despite presenting work in internal conferences and helping to organise one, I managed to reach third year without presenting externally. To remedy this, a poster and a talk were made, and list of potential conferences drawn up. The Royal Entomological Society Post Graduate Forum seemed ideal: highly recommended by colleagues as a friendly chilled event run by early career insect enthusiasts, for early career insect enthusiasts. Read More...

Organic Gases in the Polar Seas

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Charel Wohl just started his PhD at Plymouth Marine Laboratory. In this charming little video he is explaining why he is heading to the Arctic this year. Enjoy!

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