Dr Alan Jamieson is a senior lecturer in deep-sea biology at Newcastle University, UK. He is the Chief Scientist on the 5-Deeps Expedition. His research has made him a world leader in the biological exploration of the hadal zone (depths exceeding 6000 metres).
He has designed multiple Hadal-Landers and has deployed them over 350 times in the ultra-deep subduction trenches and surrounding areas in all oceans. He has participated in, and often led, over 60 deep-sea expeditions covering every ocean and has been lucky enough to dive every ocean in a full ocean depth rated submersible. He has published over 80 scientific papers and sole authored the book The Hadal Zone, life in the deepest oceans, in 2015. The highlights of his work include filming the deepest fish in the world multiple times, discovering supergiant amphipods in the hadal zone, having a hadal species named after him and filming in the deepest places on Earth, the Sirena Deep and Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench.
His work has featured in the BBCs Blue Planet II, NHKs Deep Ocean, Descent into the Mariana Trench documentaries and the forthcoming Discovery Channels Deep Planet series. His discoveries have received extensive international media coverage, in particular his work on the discovery of anthropogenic contaminants and microplastics particles and fibres residing within organisms from the deepest places on Earth.
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