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Skalanes: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Terns

Skalanes: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Terns

The attempts on my life have left me scarred and deformed. The Arctic Tern may look a cute and cuddly, but don’t let that fool you. They’re really the spawn of the devil himself, ready to swoop down and attack you for any reason, or for no reason at all....
Patience for Puffins

Patience for Puffins

Puffins are adorable – who wouldn’t want to study them? I can’t deny that their charisma had no sway on my decision to create a project based around them. The small colony of Atlantic puffins I am studying are also nesting just a short walk away from...

‘Project Lupin’

If at first you do not succeed try try and try again! The first couple of weeks of ‘Project Lupin’ taught me some valuable lessons. First, I learned of the good, the bad and the ugly of my initial methodology and second; always carry backup batteries for your power...

The Journey So Far…

We landed in Reykjavik on the 10th June bleary eyed at 08:30 but excited for our adventure ahead. After picking up our rental car from the airport, a huge 8 seater van, we set off on our 3-day road trip that would finish on the East coast of Iceland. We decided to...

The Storm of Skálanes

Many people have noticed the dramatic changes that can occur in typical Scottish weather. Some even joke that the four seasons can be present in one day. Now if you imagine the most erratic Scottish day and multiply it by 100, you will have Iceland’s climate. We’ve...

Microplastic Mania

Monday blues were far away this week as microplastic surveying took to the water. I had the fantastic opportunity to join Universities from Liverpool and South Connecticut as they sampled surface water of the fjord for microplastic. This is a great addition to my...

The Skalanes Way of Life

It hit us all by surprise but yesterday one week ago we arrived here at beautiful Skalanes. It’s strange to think that routine exists at the end of the world, but that’s what we seem to be slowly settling into. Most days are filled with fieldwork, especially for Gina...

Puffin Paradise

A few days on this insanely stunning island, and we are starting to adjust to the Skálanes way of life. After the first official night in our tent, which is still yet to be named, our favorite Icelandic pal Freyr decided we needed a little bit of help getting out of...

Journey & Arrival

Not all those who wander are lost. After several months of planning, fundraising and organising our expedition, luckily none of us got lost when travelling to Skálanes, the destination of this year’s expedition. We all had to get up at 3am in the morning to catch our...

Out in the wild

Today’s update features none other than our trouble making ducklings, again. They have finally been set wild and free following Michael’s final measurement on Tuesday and they seem to be making a point to be as ridiculous and inventive as possible in their...

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