Naomi Berkowitz gives us a look through the porthole into the wider word of mapping the unexplored sea floor in Disko Bay, Greenland.
The mission was simple, or at least seemed it: to map, image, and sample the previously unexplored areas of the sea floor in Disko Bay, Greenland.
As a conservationist and science communicator, I was to help in the data collection and requisite 12-hour shifts monitoring the multibeam mapping of the Benthos.
We set off on a collaborative research expedition between ZSL and GINR (Greenland Institute of Natural Resources). Drs. Chris Yesson and Diana Krawczyk had worked together on a cruise before, but this was a unique opportunity for each researcher to bolster their datasets.
But first, there were the practicalities.
As we soon all learned, a ship in Greenland cannot sail without a cook. The day were due to leave harbor in Illulissat, arguably the most integral member of the crew had to leave due to an emergency with his daughter. So what were we do to? On a 10-day research cruise, each day, each hour, is especially vital.
But wait we must. A new cook was due to arrive the following morning, and we eagerly tracked her journey from Southern Greenland, up through Nuuk, next to Kangerlussuaq, then on to Illulissat.
Even we researchers need to eat!
Select a blog
A blog for lovers of ZSL London Zoo, bringing you extraordinary animal facts and exclusive access to the world's oldest scientific zoo.
Do you love wildlife? Discover more about our amazing animals at the UK's biggest zoo!
We're working around the world to conserve animals and their habitats, find out more about our latest achievements.
From the field to the lab, catch up with the scientists on the cutting edge of conservation biology at ZSL’s Institute of Zoology.
A day in Discovery and Learning at ZSL is never dull! The team tell us all about the exciting sessions for school children, as well as work further afield.
Ever wondered what a typical day as a zookeeper looks like, or what it's like to be a videographer at ZSL? Now you can find out!
Every month, one of the pieces held in ZSL’s Library and at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo will feature here as Artefact of the Month.
Read extracts from ZSL's award winning members' magazine, Wild About.
Get updates on our latest ranges, be the first to hear about special offers, and find the perfect gift for animal lovers!
The Chagos archipelago is a rare haven for marine biodiversity. Hear from the team about our projects to protect the environments in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT).
ZSL Institute of Zoology researchers are embarking on an exciting fieldwork expedition to Nelson’s Island in the Chagos Archipelago. Throughout the month, the team will share their research and experiences on an uninhabited tropical island!
ZSL works across Asia, from the famous national parks of Nepal to marine protected areas in the Philippines. Read the latest updates on our conservation.
An Open Access journal for research at the interface of remote sensing, ecology and conservation.