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

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