Dr. Clare Ostle, CPR Survey., The Marine Biological Association
Dr. Clare Ostle is a CPR research scientist and co-ordinator of the Pacific CPR Survey. Clare specialises in marine biogeochemistry, data integration, and data analysis. In particular, her interest's lie in exploring the links between environmental parameters and changes in the plankton community. Her research focuses on the use of CPR data for investigating a broad range of topics including; the operationalization of ecological indicators for European marine policy, ocean warming, fisheries, oceanic plastics, and the marine carbon cycle. She is an active member of numerous working groups including the UK Pelagic Habitats Expert Group, and Gulf Watch Alaska.
The Continuous Plankton/Plastic/the Possibilities are endless! Recorder
The CPR survey has been collecting plankton samples using ships-of-opportunity since 1931, and has sampled over 7 million nautical miles. These samples have primarily been used to investigate changes in the plankton, however they represent a snapshot of items caught on the recorder and in the mesh at that time, and samples are fixed and stored within a controlled biological library. With other long-running CPR surveys in the Southern Ocean and North Pacific, and more recently around Australia, in the Mediterranean Sea, South Atlantic and off Southern Africa, there is the potential to assess key global issues. In this talk we will explore some of these global issues, focusing on oceanic plastics. Open ocean time-series of plastics are few and far between due to the effort in maintaining consistent sampling and associated analysis costs. The CPR provides a record of some of the earliest samples and documentation of oceanic plastics, entanglement and litter. As a consequence, this dataset has made significant contributions to understanding the fate of oceanic plastic. The consistent collection and careful curation of CPR samples, means that as technologies advance and techniques further progress, the possibilities for time-series analysis are truly endless!