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PHATS goes large !

A visit to Plymouth for the UKIRSC

20 January 2017

‌It was lovely to visit Plymouth in January for the annual student chapter meeting for the Society of Marine Mammalogy.  The icebreaker was at the National Marine Aquarium and the organisers had arranged a game of 'guess who' with a marine mammal theme.

I gave the opening talk in the morning down at the newly refurbished and fabulous Plymouth Marine Station at Coxside, introducing a new generation of marine mammal scientists to the importance of energy balance and understanding how it’s regulated in marine mammals.

I also ran a session on writing and publication and we got a really good chat going. The output of this is available at

UKIRSC writing workshop

The student talks were interesting, diverse and professional and it was a real pleasure to hear what everyone is up to. It was also great to see the diversity of nationalities in the room – the chapter is based on where you study, not where you’re from so there were students from Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, France and Spain as well as the UK and Ireland. 

It was fascinating to hear from Iain Staniland from the British Antarctic Survey talk about ecosystem management and Abby Crosby from the Cornwall wildlife trust talking about marine mammal conservation in the south west. Paul Cox from the Shark Trust ran an absolutely brilliant workshop on impact and science communication to end the two-day meeting. What a success! Keep up the good work folks! If you want to know more about the UKIRSC, check out their website.

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