University of St Andrews

St Andrews researcher helps prepare for international scientific drilling expedition

Thursday 29 August 2013

Dr William Austin (Reader in Physical Geography) has recently hosted US researcher Nadine Quintana Krupinski (Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz) prior to the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Baltic Sea Paleoenvironment Expedition 347; both researchers are members of the expedition's invited science party, currently comprising a total of 30 scientists from the following nations: USA (10), China (1), Japan (2), Australia (1), Sweden (3), Denmark (3), Finland (2), France (1), Netherlands (1), Germany (3), Poland (1) and the United Kingdom (2).

To find out more about the work of the expedition, please visit the website of the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD), who deliver mission-specific drilling platforms through a consortium of European scientific institutions on behalf of the IODP. Nadine was visiting St Andrews prior to sailing on-board the Greatship Manisha next week and was in town to discuss research collaborations and taxonomic work on benthic Foraminifera with Dr Austin.

The photograph below shows Nadine and Dr Austin happily discussing Foraminiferal taxonomy at the microscopes (credit: Angela Roberts, University of St Andrews).

Photo of Bill Austin & Nadine Krupinski