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VIDEO Interview: Steve Hall, Chief Executive, Society for Underwater Technology

Hall as he looks back on his career and tenure leading SUT, and ahead to his next chapter as the CEO of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum at the end of 2020.Steve, to start us off, can you give us a brief personal and professional background?I suppose mine was fairly untypical background. I received a marine science degree back in the 1980s intending to join the Royal Navy. But with various defense cuts, that never happened. So, I found myself working as a surveyor in coastal surveys. I then became a customs officer, working as a specialist to oil refineries, supervising pipeline installations and tank integrity

Prof. Hill attended his first Oceanology International Exhibition in Brigthon as a research student at Bangor University’s Marine Science Laboratories. Photo courtesy NOCS

Oi 50th "Voices": Professor Edward Hill, OBE, Chief Executive, National Oceanography Centre

up in South Australia – right by the coast. When I was eight years old, I returned from a four-week passage by ship to Southampton, and I guess the seeds were sown of becoming an Oceanographer.I read Applied Mathematics at the University of Sheffield before moving to Bangor University’s Marine Science Laboratories where I put my fluid dynamics studies to use in Physical Oceanography (MSc and PhD research). It was at Bangor as a research student that I attended my first Oceanology International when it was held at the Metropole Hotel in Brighton. I subsequently secured an academic position

The Red Sea coastline near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, home to some of the mangrove ecosystems studied in the Science Advances paper. Image courtesy of Cecilia Martin.

Soil Research Unearths Collecting Point for Plastics

brings light to the mystery of missing marine plastic to reveal that mangroves, Blue Carbon habitats, are hugely efficiently at trapping plastics and burying them in their soils where they cannot harm vulnerable marine life or their human consumers” said Carlos Duarte, KAUST professor of marine science who supervised the research

Emily Penn at the helm. © Eleanor Church Larkrise Pictures

A look inside Emily Penn’s eXXpedition

. We're still polluting—there's been a small pause in emissions, but everything else has been very much the same. So, I think we need to get back out there, to continue science and to be able to get closer to solutions.” Even after the pandemic subsides, technology will be key to marine science and exploration, thanks to its ability to increase accessibility. “Certainly, projects like ours and others out there are taking exploration that was only available to professionals to now something that is a lot more accessible to everyday people. I think that's really important because

Dannielle Eager is the winner of ASL's fifth annual Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP) early career scientist award contest.

Eager Wins 2020 Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler Contest

ASL Environmental Sciences said that Dannielle Eager is the winner of the fifth annual Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP) early career scientist award contest. Dannielle is presently studying at the University of Plymouth at Devon, UK at a postgraduate level in the school of Biological and Marine Science.Eager’s research will focus on the influence of dynamic seamount oceanography on pelagic biota in the tropical Indian Ocean, with support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, Bertarelli Foundation and the University of the Highlands and Islands. In contrast to surrounding waters, seamounts

Dr. Virmani in front of Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor in Fremantle, Australia prior to the vessel's departure for its Ningaloo Canyons expedition. © Schmidt Ocean Institute

Ocean Influencer: Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Schmidt Ocean Institute

The July/August edition of Marine Technology Reporter, the 15th Annual "MTR100", recognizes Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Schmidt Ocean Institute’s (SOI) first executive director, as an 'Ocean Influencer.' Virmani defines what it means to be passionate and motivated in the field of marine science and exploration. Her humble start began in her hometown of Manchester, England, inspired by the nearby Lovell Telescope — which was then the world’s largest steerable dish radio telescope. Today, her interests and studies, spanning atmosphere to ocean, have guided her drive to lead

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Video: Dolphins Return to Lisbon's Tagus River

shared online of a group of dolphins jumping out of the water. “It is great to see them up close, and in our very own Tagus river!”Though dolphins have been sighted in the Tagus since Roman times, the mammals are no longer seen often, according to a 2015 report by the Sea School and the Marine Science Association in Lisbon.But over the last two months, social media channels have been alive with videos and images of dolphins shared by those lucky enough to catch sight of them leaping out of the waves.“With the improvement in water quality, the river has been gaining new life and a friendly

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How Coral, Mangroves and Seagrass Could be Affected by the Mauritius Oil Spill

can there be any hope for long-term recovery in the region.The authorsSivajyodee Sannassy Pilly is a PhD candidate in marine ecology at Bangor University.John Turner is a marine biology professor and heads the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University.Ronan Roche is a research fellow in marine science at Bangor University.(Source: The Conversation

The Ocean Cleanup founder & CEO Boyen Slat on the Interceptor 002 in Klang River, Malaysia © The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean's Microplastics Mess: Technology & Technique to Identify & Clean Up

particles that all react uniquely in nature; the lack of technology needed to properly collect, analyze and identify miniscule pieces; their lengthy lifespan due to an inability to breakdown naturally; and how they’re spreading over land, sea and air, and to what distance.Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) professor Rob Hale, who is also lead author on a recently published paper titled “A Global Perspective on Microplastics,” explained the need to understand these particles. “People often assume that all plastics are the same and behave identically in the environment, but

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