Anna Belcher


  • Member-At-Large, 2023-2024
  • Outreach officer, 2021-2022
  • Member-At-Large, 2020-2021
  • Vice-president, 2019 – 2020
  • Co-president, 2018 – 2019
  • Head, Education & Outreach, 2017 – 2018



I studied Oceanography at The University of Southampton, a 4 year MSC course with a year abroad at the University of Washington, Seattle. I was lucky enough to be working with a great team of scientists in Seattle and got some great sea-going experience all over the Pacific. I love being at sea! After a brief bit of gallivanting around the world with a friend, I spent two years working as an Oceanographic Surveyor (some might say a ‘real job’), before starting a PhD at the University of Southampton to get back to pure research and seagoing.

I really enjoy outreach and have a passion for polar research, so being involved with UKPN is a really great way to combine these.

Current Research

I am two years into my first post-doc at the British Antarctic Survey. I am looking at the role of biology, in particular krill and deep ocean fish, in the uptake and storage of carbon in the deep sea, both in the Antarctic and off South Africa. Additionally, I will be using remote sensing techniques to look at the phytoplankton as a food supply to the dominant marine grazers in the Arctic- copepods. Excitingly,  I’ve been able to get back to the Southern Ocean around South Georgia, and will be heading there again this season : )