University of St Andrews

Scotland’s Wonderful West Coast

Tuesday 25 October 2016

DGSD students and staff were aboard the R.V. Calanus last week and enjoyed wonderful autumnal weather.

The group, which included Professor Austin’s honours module class (oceans & climate) and some second-year volunteers recruited through GeogSoc, were collecting sediment and water samples from the Scottish west coast near Oban as part of an ongoing research project funded through the BBSRC/NERC. The team were working with colleagues from the Scottish Association for Marine Science, based at Dunstaffnage, near Oban and enjoyed particularly calm weather for sampling in Loch Etive.

Commenting on the fieldwork opportunities for DGSD students, Head of Department Professor Bill Austin noted “we are very fortunate within the Department to be able to offer a wide range of field and laboratory-based opportunities to our students; it was a real joy to be able to share my passion for the oceans with such a fantastic group of students.”

Photos of Loch Etive field class