The Polar Oceans are defined by ice and dramatic shifts between endless day and night. While the marine environments at the poles are some of the harshest on
The Polar Oceans are defined by ice and dramatic shifts between endless day and night. While the marine environments at the poles are some of the harshest on Earth, animals have still found ways to survive. Marine mammals exhibit amazing adaptions to thrive but might be threatened by environmental change. Understanding the impact climate change has on these animals helps us to not only better protect these species, but also to conserve biodiversity in these fragile ecosystems. Research in the polar regions is also important and relevant to everyday life as it has the potential to benefit humanity, inform the sustainable use of resources, help protect the planet and generate economic and social impact.
In this talk, I will highlight some work I have done in the past years in both Polar regions from investigating marine mammal behaviour to describing oceanographic processes potentially driving environmental change. I will also show highlights from the first cruise into the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica as part of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration to understand how quickly the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet could melt.
(Thursday) 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lecture Theatre D, Bute Building
University of St Andrews
Peter L. Tyackplt@st-andrews.ac.uk