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Kevin

Skipper

Name: Kevin

Age: 57

When did you start at the university? 06/01/1986

Best thing about your job? Being near or on the water.

Worst thing about your job? Being near or on the water especially when the weather is not so good.

Favourite nautical term? None I prefer plain English.

Favourite scientific instrument? 2G Cryogenic rock Magnetometer - we dont have one on the boat but I help look after the one we have ashore.

What would you say is your 'area of expertise'? Boat handling, I am one of the boat skippers and have taken scientists to some weird and wonderful locations for them to get data.

How did you get involved in Marine Science? By accident I used to be a lab technician who had an interets in boats and now I'm a boat skipper who has an interest in labs.

Why do you think Discover Oceanography is a good thing? It allows people to see what biodiversity there is in local waters, people are always astounded by how many different species we collect during the sessions.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to work in marine science? Remember that not everyone who works in marine science is a scientist, there are many roles and employment opportunities.

What’s your best Discover Oceanography memory? Catching fish in the trawl, I always enjoy seeing all the different fish species we have in Southampton Water.

What’s your favourite Knot? The Palomar Knot a simple knot for attaching a hook to a fishing line.

What’s your favourite marine creature? Grey Mullet.

Skipper
Kevin
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