• Question: Hi What do you do when you work in the lb

    Asked by joh to Iain on 16 Nov 2018.
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      Iain Staniland answered on 16 Nov 2018:

      When I am not working in Antarctica I live in Cambridge and work at the British Antarctic Survey Headquarters. Most of my time I work on a computer looking at all the data (the information I have gathered about the animals) using computer code to help me understand what it all means. This can be making maps of where the animals swam, or seeing how deep they dived etc.

      However I do also sometimes work in the lab. As we can’t see the animals feeding we need to use other ways to find out about their diet. I can use their poo, looking for hard bits of prey, like fish ear bones or the armored bits of crabs to see what each animal has eaten. There are also more complicated things we can look for like chemical markers in the seal whiskers as these change depending on what they eat.