I'm so excited for you all to meet Maddie @madsbrasier, our first #shesinscience feature this week! Maddie is an Antarctic Biologist in the UK who was accepted to go on this year's all-female Antarctic Expedition called Homeward Bound! Check out the link in bio to read more about this amazing opportunity, the expedition itself, and her fundraising efforts.
[1/3] "I’m a PhD student at the University of Liverpool and Natural History Museum London. I study the diversity, distribution and ecology of one of the most abundant animals on the Antarctic seafloor – polychaete worms! I also work with British Antarctic Survey to analyse the seafloor communities within an Antarctic marine protected area. I visited Antarctica for the first time in 2016, it was without doubt the most beautiful place I have ever seen. It’s isolated yet vulnerable, extreme in every way and of course its wildlife and scenery is truly breath-taking! As a young scientist I work closely with some incredible senior researchers. I really look up to those who helped me make some important choices during my undergraduate and PhD. Because of this I became a STEM ambassador, I wanted to share my journey and decision making with those younger than me. As well as helping the next generation of scientists I also love outreach work with the wider public. Sharing my science with those with non-science backgrounds is so rewarding. When people see what I do and get excited it reinforces why I spend so much time time and energy reading journals, analysing data or out in the cold collecting samples. People care because at the end of the day science matters, environmental change will affect all of us in different ways. In order to monitor and manage these changes we need to understand how marine communities and ecosystems work. Data driven management is essential for a sustainable future for marine resources."