| CD 157: Investigating the submarine canyons off Portugal
I’ve been putting this profile back because I feel very daunted by having to write about Jez. Since first meeting him I realised there is so much to him it’s impossible for me to be able to write it down in a profile. It’s also causing interest amongst the team, a couple of them have asked to see what I’ve written and some have even volunteered to do it themselves! I think my perspective might be slightly more objective.
After spending some time in different jobs Jez realised he needed to get something more from his occupation. Without a clear idea of what he wanted to do he applied to every job in the paper. He went to a few interviews and ended up taking the job at IOS (now incorporated with SOC).
His initial job involved taking photos of the deep sea surface and processing the information into the Gebco Cartography maps. This was a very exciting time of his life; on top of really enjoying his job he got to visit destinations all around the world.
After doing this for around five years he took on the new responsibility of starting up a database of deepsea cores. His role as assistant cold store curator lasted for 2 years after which he moved to the engineering side of SOC.
Jez is part of the team responsible for mobilisation of cruises all around the world. This involves organising all the equipment and technical personnel, making sure everything is on board at the beginning of the cruise and that everything is taken off at the end. This takes a few days at each side of the cruise. In the last year his group has organised twenty seven cruises and he has been on four of them.
Jez has a hectic timetable. He arrived in Tenerife a few days before this cruise, CD157, departed. When we arrive in Vigo on Sunday, he will organise the unloading and loading of all the equipment on the Darwin until Wednesday, when it departs to Scotland. NERC's other research ship, RRS Discovery, arrives in Vigo on Thursday; he will repeat the whole operation on this ship and will depart on it for two weeks on a trial cruise to test some new equipment. As soon as he finishes this cruise he will fly to Scotland where he embarks on the Darwin for a month's cruise in Canadian waters.
Jez hardly ever stops working; he’s up till late overlooking everything that goes on and is back early in the morning checking its all gone fine. His biological rhythm must be tuned into the coring. He admits getting a bit stressed by his workload but says this cruise has been quite relaxed in comparison to what they can be like.
The hardest part of the job is being away from his family for long periods of time, the best is the job itself. The scariest moment when he was washed over by a wave, luckily he was only bruised.
Although I’ve only seen Jez at work for two weeks I get the impression he loves it. He’s an excellent team leader. He’s respected and admired and relates to everyone in the ship in a relaxed and friendly manner.