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ACEing the “university of the sea”

27 January 2017

Steph Gardner in front of Akademik Tryoshnikov in Bremerhaven

Steph Gardner in front of Akademik Tryoshnikov in Bremerhaven

Climate Change Cluster PhD candidate Stephanie Gardner may call it luck but those who know the young marine biologist will tell you that it was her exceptional science, dedication, persistence,  and the ability to seize opportunities that got her a November 2016 berth aboard the Russian research vessel Akademik Treshnikov .

At her final PhD seminar co-supervisor Dr Katherina Petrou noted “Steph never let the science suffer and she never shied away from the hard yards.”

Dr Petrou was referring not only to the obstacles Gardner overcame during her PhD field work  -  a cyclone, power and water failures, and an earthquake at the Heron Island Research Station– but also to an intricate experimental design with 837 coral fragments.

Map showing ACE Leg Zero voyage path from Bremerhaven to Capetown

Map showing ACE Leg Zero voyage path from Bremerhaven to Capetown 

Read the full story on the Climate Change Cluster page.