by Christophe Le Gall |
Who are you ?
I’m a 29 years old PhD Student of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) and I’m working at the Malaga Oceanographic Center. I’m part of the SUBVENT project (Submarine Venting in different part of the Atlantic Margin by volcanoes or mud volcanoes, from The Gulf of Cadiz to the Canary Islands)
Can you describe us your job ?
Usually, I work with several geophysical datasets, as multi-beam bathymetry, seismic profiles, and I compile them in a GIS (Geographical Information System, like Google Earth or other more specialized software) for their interpretation in terms of geomorphology, geomorphometry and related recent geological processes.
Why did you choose this job ?
I have always been keen about the sea, so I studied marine sciences and became very fond of the work of marine geologist. I’m trying to specialize on seafloor features.
What will be your tasks during the cruise ?
I’m here because I got a grant from Eurofleets2 which offered 2 vacancies for young scientists. I have been selected because of my experience in marine expeditions. I’ve attended already 15 cruises, but this is my first cruise on a polar icebreaker. Here, I’m going to support the work of the oceanographers. I will help with the CTD stations (Conductivity-Temperature-Depth of water) during the BURSTER and DEFROST study areas
What do you like (most) in your work ?
The most interesting part of this job is to be on research vessels, like now. When you are on the ship, you are able to study and discover the real treasures of the seas !