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Emily Venables MSci in Oceanography, 2007

Polar Oceanographer

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I decided to study Oceanography because of my love for the sea and my desire to understand better how it worked. I wanted to travel and learn about the world. When my friends were heading off on gap years to hot sunny places, I decided that where I really wanted to go was the Arctic. I also decided that the best way to get there was to do a degree in a subject that might take me there. It clearly was, because ten years on, I'm a Polar Oceanographer working for the British Antarctic Survey.

I've been on three Arctic cruises (one whilst still an undergraduate on the MOcean course), three cruises to the NE Atlantic and I've spent two months working on an ice shelf in Antarctica. I wouldn't change it for anything

Emily did an MSci in Oceanography and Graduated in 2007. During her time as a student she undertook a summer placement at the Scottish Association of Marine Science between years 3 and 4, and went onto do a PhD there when she graduated. She also joined a cruise to the Arctic as a part of her final year project.

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