Archived Issue December 2017

The bottom of the ocean is a very, very dark place – although it’s possible for very slight sunlight to reach 1,000 metres deep under ideal conditions, that is rare, and from around 200 metres (or 656 feet) down, there is usually no light. Before the age of deep-sea exploration, human scientists believed there could be no life at all in deep sea beds in the absence of energy from the sun. But life, as we now know, always seems to find a way, even in the harshest of environments.

Recently, a team of six women marine biologists made waves with an October 2017 paper on deep-sea methane vents or cold seeps, and the amazing life they sustain some 4,000 feet under the sea. One of them was Dr. Judith Gobin, a Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology at The UWI Department of Life Sciences in St. Augustine, Trinidad. Dr. Gobin is a major contributor to the knowledge of marine biodiversity in T&T seas due to her life’s work studying the animals that live in the coastal seabed’s soft sediments and rocky areas.

Scientists sailing aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus have found 83 deep-sea species, including a purple octopus, living almost a mile deep in sites off Trinidad’s east coast in the El Pilar area, a place earmarked for oil and gas exploration. This new species of Graneledone octopus (above) was spotted off Trinidad’s east coast during a 2014 Nautilus trip to El Pilar. Photo: Ocean Exploration Trust.

Dr. Gobin sat down with Shereen Ali to share the story of the find, and her own fascinating journey of discovery of life in the sea. (Click here for article)

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Laventille’s Trauma
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Celebrating Our 100th Issue
Not Home Alone
Staff open their houses
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A Secret Garden

UWI Calendar January - March 2018

UWI-UNICOM T20 Tournament 2018
January 12 to 20
UWI St. Augustine
UWI Fete 2018 – The Secret Garden
January 14, 2018
UWI St. Augustine
Call for Papers – Sir Arthur Lewis Day
UWI St. Augustine
The World of Work (WOW) 2017-2018
UWI St. Augustine
Basic Surgical Skills Workshop
March 24 and 25, 2018
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
Free dental service for Hurricane Affected
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
Mt. Hope

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Also In This Issue

  Message from the Principal: Change is here
  Our 70th anniversary
  The future of work
  210 bursaries this year
  Korea Corner
  A distinguished lecture
  Medical and agricultural collaborations with South America
  Purple Octopus…and other underwater treasures
  Laventille: A living vibration
  100 and counting
  A home for the holidays: Staff share seasonal cheer with students away from their families
  Grandma’s house is bursting
  Pepper jelly or chow chow?
  Something different on the menu: “Why not rabbit?”
  Keeping our culture alive: 8 greats about Los Parranderos de UWI
  A secret garden
  Eggless Ponche De Crème
  Researching humanity
  Geography Department and ODPM work together
  The Law of life: Students choose charity and outreach
  Climate Change
  One health
  Caribbean writers headline new anthology
  How about sports schools?
  Our cricketers off to regional tournament