Never has there been a more crucial time for young explorers to partake in scientific research.
Matt at the Ice Warrior Basecamp trying on expedition gear
- Current BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Oceanography student
- Arctic explorer in training with the Ice Warrior Project
- Diving Student Ambassador for the University's Marine Station over summer 2022
- Guest on University's Beneath the Surface podcast series and BBC Breakfast Show
In conversation with Matt Bell
How to become an ice warrior
What was the selection process like?
Whom will you be completing the expedition with?
Why is it crucial to explore the Arctic?
What type of research will you be doing?
How will it help us understand more about climate change?
From a historical point of view, it is a global world first; the team comprises people from all different nationalities and the UK, reflective of our multicultural world and advances in modern engineering.
What has inspired you to become an explorer?
What do you think the role of an explorer will look like in 2022?
It is not just about finding a new world, new species, and setting new records.
There is an urgency for new explorers to participate in our race to save our planet, the only home we have, from an emergency crisis because of human activities.
Preparing for the expedition
Do you have any advice for students wishing to follow you down a similar experience or career path?
My time at Plymouth
When did you discover your passion for diving?
My most memorable open-water dive was in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. It was full of biodiversity and visibility was remarkable.
You have been selected to be a Diving Student Intern for the Marine Station over the summer – could you tell us what this will involve?
Do you have any advice to give to students about maximising opportunities available to them while studying – from placements to internships?
Ask the placement team and start searching; this is where all those Royal Societies and associations you have joined will come in handy.
The power of science communication
Science needs to be accessible, understood by all and effectively communicated. There is so much misinformation circulating that needs to be addressed urgently.
Matt talks about the Last Pole expedition on BBC Breakfast
I hope this expedition will add value to other current climate change research projects on retreating glaciers, melting ice sheets and causes of increasing record temperatures, proving our planet is warming to a level that will endanger our world and those living on it.
Looking beyond the Ice Warrior project, do you have a dream job you would love to do?
Thank you very much for your time, Matt. It has been fascinating to find out more about you and your plans.
Around 70 per cent of our planet is ocean with an average depth of 3000m. To understand the biology of this vast area, we must also understand the oceans themselves.
Develop a host of practical skills that will prepare you for your chosen career and make you attractive to employers. You will have the opportunity to gain the HSE PRO SCUBA qualification, for those with a suitable background in diving. You’ll also gain invaluable experience on a six or 12-month international placement during your third year, or working in a local host organisation alongside your studies.