A Marine Science student studying in Falmouth has had an article published in the Marine Biologist Magazine, the world’s leading magazine dedicated to the discipline of marine biology.
It is very rare for a student to achieve such a distinguished feat.
After completing a deep-sea presentation at Falmouth Marine School’s Industry Day last year, Emily Hardisty was offered the opportunity to write an article for the magazine published by the Marine Biological Association (MBA) by one of the team attending the event.
“The chance to write for a magazine entirely based around marine biology, in association with such a leading marine science society, was an opportunity I found both valuable and extremely exciting as an aspiring marine scientist,” she said.
Emily’s main interests and future ambitions are focused around deep-sea biology, deep-sea species and habitat discovery and deep-sea conservation, so decided to primarily base the article around the deep-sea environment.
She was invited to attend a meeting at the MBA laboratory in Plymouth to meet the magazine editor and discuss her ideas for the article theme. Consequently a theme based around ‘the impact of deep-sea mining on hydrothermal vent communities, predominantly species connectivity and overall deep-sea biodiversity’ was decided.
“Writing the article proved to be a valuable experience for my future career prospects” continued Emily.
“I was able to improve my scientific writing skills, research thoroughly into the subject area and network, gaining valuable contacts within the marine science industry.”
Emily also contacted renowned deep-sea scientist Richard Lutz, who agreed to send her some deep-sea species pictures and hydrothermal vent pictures for the article.
“Overall, as an undergraduate publishing an article to aid with educating the need for deep-sea hydrothermal vent conservation and overall deep-sea habitat conservation has proven to be highly beneficial for my future marine science profession,” Emily explained.
Emily’s ambition is to aid with the continued study of the deep-sea environment, to help towards the important discovery and the understanding needed to conserve such delicate and precious ecosystems. She now has an open invitation to use the MBA library for any other future projects and continues to be in contact with MBA staff.
“If it wasn’t for Falmouth Marine School, I would of never of been given this opportunity, I have made so many connections since starting my course with them,” Emily continued.
“The tutors really care about your future aspirations and do everything they can to help you on your chosen career path.”