Articles by: ACE expedition

ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 10

By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. Leg 1, Day 10 – December, 2016. We awoke to smooth seas and a gentle following wind; excitement was high for landfall on the western Crozets and the […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 9

By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. Leg 1, Day 9 – December, 2016. After steaming overnight from the Prince Edwards, we made good speed east towards the Crozets with a view to arriving off […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 8

By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. Leg 1, Day 8 – December, 2016. After a somewhat delayed departure from Marion due to high winds, the shore party and Jess Berndt were returned to the […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Marion Island

By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. Leg 1, Marion Island – December 2016. The first port of call on leg 1 of ACE was Marion Island, the larger of the two Prince Edward Islands. […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 5

By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. Leg 1, Day 5 – December , 2016. After a frustrating night when the ship went backwards, we awoke well north of Marion, beating slowly SW into a […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 4

By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. Leg 1, Day 4 , December 2016 We finally entered Subantarctic waters, and roaring forties lived up to their name. Wandering Albatrosses reveled in the 40-knot winds, and […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 3

By Peter Ryan, Onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. Leg 1, Day 3 Although we hoped to wake to Subantarctic waters, we remained in Agulhas waters, with warm-water species again predominating. But at least the ship was […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 2

 By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 2 Instead of crossing into Subantarctic waters, the large swell (up to 16m according to the ship’s wave meter) forced the […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 1

By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. Leg 1, Day 1 Day 1 was an atypical day for ACE, travelling through the tropical waters of the Agulhas Current. As a result, we saw quite a […]

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