Inaugural Lecture A marine scientist’s journey from pole to pole
A science career that started at the University of Stirling has involved research in all the oceans on Earth.
Early efforts were focused on understanding the success and central importance of krill in the Antarctic food web. Submersible dives to depths of 2 miles in the Pacific Ocean contributed to fundamental knowledge on how life has been able to colonise hydrothermal vents in the deep sea. Current research focuses on the Arctic and how climate and changing ocean systems are impacting on the marine life in northern seas. The lecture will outline key science findings over the past 30 years and the scientific collaborations that made the research possible
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Prof David Pond graduated from University of Stirling in 1990 with a BSc Biology, specialising in Marine Biology. After gaining his PhD jointly funded by NERC Unit of Aquatic Biochemistry, University of Stirling and the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, David worked with NERC Plymouth Marine Laboratory as a Plankton Ecologist. In 1998, he was awarded the National Oceanographic Centre's first Research Fellowship at Southampton. Most recently, David worked with the NERC British Antarctic Survey and as a Biological Oceanographer with the Scottish Association for Marine Science. In 2018 he returned to the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling, where he is lead investigator on the DIAPOD project which is studying the role of diatoms in the success of the Arctic Calanus complex and implications for a warmer arctic, and co-investigator on the CHASE project (Chronobiology of Changing Arctic Sea Ecosystems). A major current focus of his research is determining the role of biophysics, specifically solid-liquid phase transition of lipids, in the behavioural ecology and metabolism of organisms in both aquatic and terrestrial environments.