Meet the eXXpedition Crew for Leg 2 of Round Britain
Arran (nr Glasgow), via Stornoway, to Edinburgh
17th – 26th August 2017
Melina Hoffman – Biochemist
MELINA is a biochemist and water addict. She is currently studying for a PhD which involves the development of alternative treatments to replace chemotherapy for breast cancer patients. Her home is Germany where she learned to sail on the largest lake in Europe and absolutely loved it and is an overall water sports enthusiast.
Throughout her studies she was engaged in a green society spreading awareness to protect our environment. Melina is excited to join the eXXpedition Round Britain team as it will bring together two of her passions: science and sailing. She is looking forward to spreading the word about ocean pollution and how to change it, spending time with an all-female crew and gaining experience sailing in the North Sea.
Dr Jessica van Horssen – Historian / Writer
JESSICA is a Senior Lecturer in North American History at Leeds Beckett University where she specialises in the history of environmental contamination and health. In her academic career, Jessica has published a number of pieces on the history of the Canadian asbestos industry and has a keen interest on the linkages between the environment and human health.
Jessica has experience on the water, from speedboats to canoes and kayaks and is now excited about extending this into yacht sailing. Jessica is excited to be part of the all-female crew on board RV Sea Dragon and is looking forward to integrating her academic expertise into the eXXpedition project on plastics, contamination and endocrine disruptors and to use this experience and the data collected in her own research.
Lucy Lyon – Film Maker / Photographer / Writer
LUCY is a film maker, photographer and writer and is currently based in the Middle East. She is interested in learning more about plastic pollution and the effects on the ocean, our bodies and plants and animals. This interest largely stems from her being based in Palestine, where there is a lot of litter. Lucy will be writing about her journey throughout in the hope that she can take back some knowledge and inspiration to inform others of the significance and issues surrounding plastic pollution.
Lucy has no sailing experience and is looking forward to adding a new string to her bow during her Round Britain leg!
Deborah Maw – Biochemist & Environmental Artist
DEBORAH worked as a Biochemist in UK for a number of years before taking time out to travel the world. When she returned to the UK, Deborah moved to a small community in North Wales where she raised her children. Following this, Deborah went back to college where she studied for a Foundation Degree in Art and Design, specialising in sculpture and mixed media using waste plastic, particularly marine plastic debris. She has used this to teach environmental awareness through art, particularly in youth settings.
For the past 12 years, Deborah has been walking and camping the British coastal trails solo and photographing art from marine plastics. Deborah’s ambition is to travel around the whole British Isles, and eXXpedition will allow her to do this from the seas. Deborah hopes to learn more about the effects of marine pollution on human health, using surveys, assessing results and their implications, to incorporate into her work as a health therapist and incorporate marine pollution research into her work as an environmental artist and teacher. Deborah is passionate about learning to sail and will kick-start her education with a RYA Competent Crew sailing course in May to prepare for the exciting task of all three Round Britain 2017 legs!
Bryony Meakins – Marine Conservationist
BRYONY is a keen and experienced sailor, having been brought up on and around boats, racing dinghies and spending summers on board her family’s sailing yacht. Bryony has crewed on Volvo 60 racing boats and has also sailed across the Atlantic. Her time and experience on the water has instilled an appreciation of the sea that has influenced her career today. After gaining a Masters in Marine Biology and Ecology, Bryony now works in marine conservation for the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, based in Peterborough.
Bryony’s goals for eXXpedition are to learn more about marine plastics and how they are impacting both the marine environment and in turn, our health. Bryony will be documenting her experiences during Round Britain to help spread awareness of the issue on her blog All Things Briney.
TEGAN has a strong background in marine environmental science; with a BSc in Environmental Biology and Geography and a MSc in Marine Environmental Protection, she is now looking to undertake a PhD on marine debris research at Oregon State University. Tegan previously took part in the Ascension eXXpedition in 2016 and since then she has continued her coastal at-sea marine debris research for its third year, with a strong emphasis on education and outreach work having spoken of her time on board at a number of venues following her eXXpedition.
Tegan grew up sailing and spent much of her time on board commercial whale watching vessels. As well as her Atlantic crossing on R/V Sea Dragon in November 2016, she also sailed and beach cleaned along the coast of Maine on board American Promise (a 60 ft sailing research vessel) for a few days during the summer. Tegan said her time on Sea Dragon was life changing. She would like nothing more than to get back on board and do what she loves – engaging people about the issues that face our oceans – and in a place that is extremely special to her. She would also like to use her time to pilot her data collection on marine debris in the the biologically important waters of western and northern Scotland.
Katie Turnbull – Artist
KATIE is an Australian born artist working across various media including video, installation and interactivity and app development. Katie is interested in the experience of time, the intangible and the natural environment and playing with contradictions within the act of seeing and looking. Katie explores this idea through the history of the moving image, psychology, computing, climate change and cosmology. She has a particular interest in the intersection of science art and is hoping to integrate her work and her experience with eXXpedition.
Katie lived on a riverboat that ran trips for tourists between the English cities of Bath and Bristol and therefore has experience on the water and general water safety training. She is now looking forward to expanding into the world of coastal sailing on board RV Sea Dragon with eXXpedition.