Dr Emily Venables

        Dr Emily Venables assembling an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Autonomous Ocean Systems Support Scientist

With a background in physical oceanography, particularly microstructure and turbulence measurements, that took me to both Antarctica and the Arctic, I have returned to the SAMS team as a support scientist.

I am specialising in AUV and glider work and support SAMS' Arctic research projects.

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Current role

My role at SAMS is primarily to do with AUV and glider operations, from logistics to deployment and piloting to data processing. As a physical oceanographer, I’m also involved with acquiring and processing cruise and mooring data, particularly in support of Arctic science.


Current research projects

Arctic PRIZE


Fieldwork experience

Areas: Arctic; Northeast Atlantic; Antarctic; Mediterranean

Instruments: CTDs; microstructure profilers; AUVs; gliders

Platforms: Research vessels; sailing ships; fishing boats; RIBs; ice shelves


Training courses

Remus AUV operators

Henley SF, Porter M, Hobbs L, Braun J, Guillaume-Castel R, Venables EJ, Dumont J, Cottier F (2020) Nitrate supply and uptake in the Atlantic Arctic sea ice zone:seasonal cycle, mechanisms and drivers. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 378: 20190361. https://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2019.0361 

Porter M, Henley SF, Orkney A, Bouman HA, Hwang B, Dumont E, Venables EJ, Cottier F (2020) A polar surface eddy obscured by thermal stratication. Geophysical Research Letters 47e2019GL086281. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL086281

Venables, E.J., Nicholls, K.W, Wolk, F, Makinson, K, Anker, P. (2014) Measuring turbulent dissipation rates beneath an Antarctic ice shelf. Marine Technology Society Journal, 48. 18-24. doi:10.4031/MTSJ.48.5.8

Nicholls, K.W., Makinson, K. and Venables, E. J. (2012), Ocean circulation beneath Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica from in situ observations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L19608, doi:10.1029/2012GL053187.

Employment history

Since 2017 Autonomous Ocean Systems Support Scientist. SAMS

2014-16 Field Diving Officer. British Antarctic Survey

2011-14 Postdoc: Turbulence under ice shelves. British Antarctic Survey

2011 Postdoc: Current meter analyses of the Faroe Shetland Channel. SAMS

2006-11 PhD: 'Turbulence and mixing in the Faroe Shetland Channel.' SAMS



2011 PhD Marine Science. University of Aberdeen / SAMS

2006 M.Ocean Master of Oceanography. University of Southampton / NOC