Kelly Strzepek and Dr Elizabeth Shadwick sitting on the ice in front of the Aurora Australis

Reason 3 for becoming an oceanographer: There are so many reasons for beoming an oceanographer that spring to mind when looking at this photo. If getting to dress up in down jackets and roll around on an ice floe isn’t reason enough, how about the fact that home is big red ship? Or better than all of that is that is you get to meet the most wonderful people.

This is Dr Elizabeth Shadwick, carbonate chemist extraordinnaire, and my newest very favourite friend.