Meet Dr Sarah Fawcett

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Dr Sarah Fawcett on the S.A. Agulhas II (CTD in the background). Photo Credit: Hermann Luyt

Dr Fawcett is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Oceanography, University of Cape Town. She is a P-rated scientist (National Research Foundation Rating), who is the Principal Investigator of a South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) project titled “A nitrogen cycle view of atmospheric CO2 sequestration in the Antarctic Ocean“. She was also elected to the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) towards the end of last year (Read more here).

We are very proud that Dr Fawcett is part of the scientific team on the Weddell Sea Expedition that is currently underway. She represents South Africa as part of the UCT/SAEON/NMU team. Other institutions involved in this expedition includes the Scott Polar Institute (Cambridge, UK), the Nekton Foundation (UK) and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). Read more about the Weddell Sea Expedition here.

Watch this video (low quality as it came directly from the Weddell Sea) where Dr Fawcett tells us more about the physical oceanography sampling conducted during the scientific leg of the exhibition and the use of this specific type of sampling.

Science conducted during the Weddell Sea Expedition 2019

Weddell Sea Expedition.Video quality: Low (sent from the S.A. Agulhas II currently at sea).Watch this video: Dr Sarah Fawcett (UCT) explaining some of the sampling conducted during the expedition. CTD sampling helps to determine the productivity of the global ocean. .#WeddellSea #Antarctica #SouthernOcean #CTD #WaterChemistry #Nutrients #Phytoplankton #Productivity #Photosynthesis #GlobalOcean #Benguela #Upwelling #BenguelaCurrent.Weddell Sea Expedition 2019 UCT Research and Innovation University of Cape Town Scott Polar Research Institute SEAmesterAll material supplied by: Hermann Luyt

Posted by Antarctic Legacy of South Africa on Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Also listen to Dr Fawcett on Cape Talk radio and read this for more information regarding the physical oceanography leg of this scientific exploration in the Weddell Sea.

Cover photo and video credit: Hermann Luyt

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