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As part of Digital Explorer's Coral Oceans Live event, the Geography Department set up an exciting live link with Dr Steve Simpson, a marine biologist in the Biosciences Department at Exeter University.

Pupils and teachers listened intently as Dr Simpson described his experiences of scuba diving that fostered his interest in marine biology and conservation. He also explained the importance of studying the oceans and issues relating to climate change, plastic pollution, noise pollution and commercial fisheries.

Dr Simpson then spoke briefly about his role as a scientific advisor on the BBC wildlife documentary series Blue Planet II. While he outlined the considerable threats to our oceans, he remained wonderfully optimistic about the role that science can play in further developing our understanding of the world's oceans, and working towards solutions. He encouraged pupils to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills so that they can be part of sustainable solutions.

Pupils enjoyed having the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about Dr Simpson's work. A huge thanks goes to Dr Simpson for taking the time out of his busy teaching and research schedule to speak to us, and to Digital Explorer for setting up the session. Thanks also to Lewis Burrell (IT) and Roy Munro (photos).

More information about the Coral Oceans Live project can be found here:

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