Date: 14 April 2021, 13:00 – 14:30 GMT
Course summary: Laboratory use on board polar research vessels raise some unique challenges for the British Antarctic Survey. A moving platform, rough seas, seasick lab users, and tight mob/de-mob windows are but a few of the unique situations Laboratory managers must navigate. Complex licensing and permitting requirements enter every aspect of work onboard and can help inform questions like 'how do you ship a penguin?'. We explored some aspects of working on board BAS's polar research vessels.
Photo: Lisa Grosfeld / AWI
Aisling Smith and Natalie Ensor, Laboratory Managers, RRS Sir David Attenborough, British Antarctic Survey (BAS)Aisling Smith and Natalie Ensor are the Laboratory Managers on board the RRS Sir David Attenborough, the British Antarctic Survey's new polar research vessel. The Sir David Attenborough has 341 m2 of laboratory space and is expanding BAS's core equipment pool available to the scientific community. Aisling's research background is in biogeochemistry and is the former Research Vessel Manager for the Marine Biological Association of the UK. Natalie's background is in Marine Biology working on research vessels for the British Antarctic Survey and Marine Scotland; fulfilling a number of different roles from groundfish survey work to Antarctic Marine Engineering Support.
- Challenges of research at sea, preparation, equipment, and Haz chems.
- Permitting and licencing in unique environments
- New research platform-RRS Sir David Attenborough