Update

It was great to talk to all of you who made it to the PolarConnect
event. A big thank you to PolarTREC, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, and NSF!
For those of you that missed it, we’ll put a recording of the webinar up
here soon.

Meet the Scientists: Eva Cougnon

Eva Cougnon
Eva Cougnon in the Dry Lab of the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer.

PhD Candidate at University of Tasmania

What do they do?

Eva, originally from France, is working on her PhD at the University of
Tasmania in Australia. She is modeling ocean-ice interactions and
observing how ice melting impacts ocean circulation.
On this research cruise she will be assisting with the sea ice
observation study, using the drones. She will also be helping run the
CTDA research tool that is submerged in the water to measure conductivity (salinity), temperature, and depth.
, calibrating the equipment and analyzing water samples collected
with the CTDA research tool that is submerged in the water to measure conductivity (salinity), temperature, and depth.
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How did they get where they are now?

Eva has always been interested in the ocean. While she used to be
intrigued by cetaceans (dolphins and whales), her oceanic interests were
redirected by the amazing dynamics of tides and waves as well as by
oceanic volcanoes.
Eva got involved with Antarctica when one of her advisors, managing a
cruise, invited her to help with the research. Her strong desire to go
to Antarctica prompted her to write trips into her PhD proposal. She’s
currently on her second research trip to Antarctica, with hopefully many
more to come.

Favorite part of the job

Something Eva loves about science is that there is always something new
to learn or do, it’s never routine. Since Antarctica is somewhere she’s
been fascinated with for a while, when she goes there she feels like she’s
living her childhood dream.

Fun Fact

Just before the expedition left, Eva bought a harmonica to teach
herself to play on the trip. She’s been making good progress and by the
end of the trip she’ll know how to play a new instrument!

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