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Scientist, Sailor, Explorer, Chef, Artist. "scientia ducti, eligimus venustam, veritam et abundantiam" Dr Lucy Gilliam is an Environmental Scientist with a BSc (1st), in Biological Sciences and a Phd in Microbial Ecology & Soil Science. Lucy worked as a post-doctoral research scientist at Rothamsted Research before joining the UK Civil Service to work as science advisor for Defra. Her portfolio of work at Defra consisted of advising on ecotoxicology including endocrine disruptors, nanotechnology, heavy metals, climate change, biodiversity and sustainable food production. Lucy is an experienced speaker having presented at conferences, universities and governance institutions around the world. She consults globally on wide range of environmental and food related topics. Lucy is a Founder and Director of New Dawn Traders, a partnership of Artists, Scientists, and Chefs re-imagining global trade by sail power. Lucy has sailed all her life and represented Exeter University in British University Sailing Association Championships as well as leading the University Club as Commodore in her final year of studies. She is an experienced Yacht racer and has crossed the Atlantic twice. Lucy is passionate about sailing & the sea, biodiversity & nature, activism & storytelling for a greener cleaner planet. She is a Navigatrix of information, networks, environments. Lucy's current projects are eXXpedition, New Dawn Traders, Slow Fish and Fairtransport Shipping.

Major source of microplastic pollution

Every time we do our washing, millions of little pieces of microplastics are released into the waste water. Just by doing the laundry we are all contributing to plastic pollution. The first results of the Life+ Mermaids research have proved that washing is a major source of plastic soup. The Plastic Soup Foundation has made […]

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Days of science

Day 8 – Amazon 2015 Apologies for the silence but the sun and heat does funny thing to ones brain – it turns it almost to mush. After we celebrated Lisa’s birthday with a delicious pad thai and vegan coconut and tapioca cake last night, it was my team’s turn to do the 8 pm […]

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Day 12 – Off to the jungle

Last night I was on the watch from midnight to 4 am. I find this watch the hardest. The sweltering heat during the day heats the metal deck (Seadragon is made of 50 t of steel) and then at night the metal cools down releasing the heat down into our cabins. I have supposedly been […]

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Passing Amazon

The steady South Easterlies and North running Guiana current have aided us in playing catch up since our delayed departure in Recife. Until now, the majority of our sailing has been downwind with an interchanging variety of gybes, sail area and use of poles. The equator crossing fell in the middle of the day and […]

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Las Olas Grande

Last night after science we celebrated my birthday with an awesome Pad Thai dinner made by chef Stella and Barbara and I was surprised with a vegan cake with sprinkles and candles to the tune of the birthday song being sung by the crew. It was more than I could ever ask for on a […]

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Birthday Wish

I celebrated my birthday at sea today by starting the day off with an early morning watch and as the sun started to rise, we were greeted with a pod of dolphin that stayed with us surfing the bow wake and the swell coming in under the boat for about 30 minutes.  It was more […]

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Citizen Science

My personal love for the ocean is obvious, but working on making the unseen seen to those that might not naturally express the same concern for protecting our oceans is a task that deserves exploring every angle possible.  One of those angles that we are working on back home in eastern NC and here as […]

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Amor La Mar

Making the unseen seen as it relates to ocean pollution and coastal conservation is as big of a deal to me as the ocean is vast. It’s been a life mission of mine since as long as I can remember. I often explain it as simple pride. I am a proud eastern North Carolinian, but […]

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Welcome to 24 Hour Living

We’ve been at sea for 4 days now and I am finally starting to feel adjusted to all of the newness. New routines, new roles, new food, and new companions. When we first set off from Recife and started the watch system, Emily the First Mate, said “Welcome to 24 hour living”. I expect she […]

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