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Discover Oceanography


Chief Engineer

Name: Nick

Age: 22

When did you start at the university? Feb 2011

Best thing about your job? All aspects of my job are good, I’m still the new boy so I haven’t got a particular favourite…I’m still learning the ropes.

Worst thing about your job? Commuting from the Isle of Wight.

Favourite nautical term? I don’t really have one to be honest?

Favourite scientific instrument? ADCP (Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler) we use this to measure the speed and direction of flow throughout the water column.

What would you say is your area of expertise? Small boat handling – I’ve spent many years bobbing around the Solent on small boats.

How did you get involved in Marine Science? With this job, I have had no formal marine science training but I have been introduced to many exciting new things.

Why do you think Discover Oceanography is a good thing? It’s always a good thing to get people excited about being out on the water, the science stuff is just an added bonus.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to work in marine science? Keep trying, there are many different routes to securing employment in marine science. I personally came to this field by a series of strange events.

What’s your best Discover Oceanography memory? Sometimes when we do a trawl we get so much seaweed that we can’t lift the net back onto the boat.

What’s your favourite Knot? Double figure of eight

What’s your favourite marine creature? Slipper Limpet, because Moira never shuts up about them!

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