Nadia Frontier, a BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology graduate, has almost finished her 56-day journey, by ship, to Antarctica, where she will spend 15 months living and working as a marine biologist, on the British Antarctic Survey Base, Rothera.
She has been keeping busy by spending time on the monkey island (the highest point on the ship) where she and her colleagues have been on the lookout for marine animals.
“We have been GPS recording our sightings with additional information about behaviour, group structure and environmental variables. We aim to share our data with citizen-science platforms and hope this will contribute to distributional knowledge about relatively illusive and hard to study marine mammals.”
Nadia has also been spending time with the ornithologists on board, who have been teaching her about different birds and the subtle characteristics that help differentiate between species.