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Student in ground-breaking Falklands research work

31 December 2013

AN Aberystwyth University post-graduate student has taken part in a research project that could assist the Falkland Islands Government to manage and conserve its marine life.

Andrew Mathews is the son of a Falklands war veteran and is in his final year at IBERS studying for an MSc in Managing the Marine and Freshwater Environment.

He spent the summer of 2013 studying shallow marine life, specifically in Adventure Sound – a bay on the south east side of East Falkland.

Andrew (pictured) participated in a study led by Dr Paul Brickle, of the recently-established South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) based in the Falkland Islands. SAERI’s remit is to combine the research efforts, from all fields of science, undertaken in all Southern Atlantic British Overseas Territories.

As well as the Falkland Islands, this includes St Helena, Ascension Island, Tristan de Cuhna, South Georgia, and the South Sandwich Islands. Andrew’s work was mainly funded through a £2,000 grant given by the Shackleton Scholarship Fund, with a £300 contribution from WAC (Welfare and Celebration Club Awards Committee).

The study aims to generate baseline data (a clearly defined starting point) to be used to better inform both SAERI and the Falkland Islands Government in the management and conservation of its shallow marine habitats in a scientifically informed manner.


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