Sir Raymond Priestley
I've conducted research onboard the Norwegian research vessel Kronprins Håkon through sea ice and the polar night of the Arctic. My work on this ship included sediment coring, eDNA sampling, CTD observations, and logistics in organising field campaigns.
I've grown up at the base of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and have love for all things outdoors. I have experience in many mountain activities which focus on strength, skill, and safety. My approach to fun in the rugged outdoors relies on preparation and safety plans to make sure the day remains fun even in wild conditions.
I am a participant in the ongoing One Ocean Expedition, during which the historic Norwegian tall-ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl will circcumnavigate the globe. My leg of the expedition will run in 2023 in the mighty Agulhas Current - the strongest western boundary current in the global oceans around the tip of Africa. This expedition will also include training in remote sensing observations through collaboration with the European Space Agency.
Throughout my PhD I have developed as an expedition scientist through various polar voyages onboard the Norwegian ice breaking vessel RV Kronprins Håkon. These expeditions, 2019,2020 &2021, have included time in the ice around Svalbard, the Fram Strait, the Greenland Shelf, and open ocean transit to Tromsø as well as storm hiding in fjords of Svalbard and Northern Norway. Life on-board has been a highlight of my scientific career, with unique challenges in extreme conditions, hard days of sample collection, and wonderful company of fellow scientists and crew.
The expertise I gained while being on these expeditions include: logistics in planning and executing field work (from packing, shipping, and field lab work set-up), sediment coring methods (multi-cores, gravity cores, giant piston coring), core colour scanning, plankton nets, CTD casts, eDNA sampling, as well as functioning in ship-daily life.
My love for all things wild has led me to pursue skills in various sports and activities including: hiking, backpacking, backcountry camping, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, horse back riding, surfing, and most avidly rock climbing and mountaineering skills.
In the coming years I hope to add additional qualifications in the world of guiding, so that I can pass on my enthusiasm for the outdoors and share my years of experience playing safely in unpredictable conditions (and bear country)!
My childhood was spent playing in the Canadian Rocky Mountains around Canmore and the Bow Valley, and along the Alberta prairies on horseback. Early on, this access to awe-inspiring natural spaces instilled an appreciation and love of all things wild. These spaces and time spent on long backpacking trips, sleeping under dark-sky reserves, practicing bear safety on the trails, multi-day cattle-drives on horse-back, and the quiet moments appreciating alpine wildflowers all led me to my path in biology and study of life.
Through my exposure to the outdoor sports world I have learned accompanying safety skills. Some training in equine emergency first aid, and basic first-aid. My work in laboratory settings has also provided training in formal fire-safety, chemical management, and safety laboratory skills for dangerous materials (both chemical, mechanical, and biosafety risks). For my research expeditions I have also completed marine safety training in Bergen (2019).
I joined the Norweian tall-ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl in 2023 for an expedition departing Maputo, Mozambique and travelling along The Agulhas Current to Cape Town, South Africa. This voyage is part of the One Ocean expedition, during which Statsraad Lehmkuhl circumnavigated the globe. The aim of One Ocean was to create attention and share knowledge about the crucial role of the ocean for a sustainable development. In the lead up to, and during, the expedition I participated in the Advanced Ocean Synergy training course, partially organised by the European Space Agency and NERSC.
The training component of this course incuded theoretical and practical competency in remote sensing, e.g. sea surface temperature, ocean colour, etc., through the European Space Agency open-access satellite data (e.g. Sentinel satellites).