My name is Aitana and I am a Physical Oceanographer.
I was born in Spain, and lived there until I decided to move to New Zealand to do my PhD. I always wanted to go to Antarctica and I thought my best chances were here. My way to Antarctica was not straight forward. I used to be a sports teacher and used to teach sailing. After a few years of teaching, so many hours on the water, the Ocean got me intrigued. I wanted to know more, so I quit my job teaching and I started my Marine Science degree.
Sailing has always been an important part of my life. I always thought I would be a professional sailor (yeah right!), but that didn’t happen. Instead, I had the opportunity to work in two editions of the America’s Cup while I was studying my Marine Science degree. First edition was with Luna Rossa in 2007. Second edition was with BMW Oracle in 2010. That year we won the Cup. I worked as a meteorological technician driving a boat and retrieving meteorological data. That was a fantastic time where I learned many things. I met phenomenal people with whom I used to talk about Antarctica, numbers and New Zealand. By the end of my Masters in Oceanography I already knew I wanted to do a PhD, that I wanted to work with numbers, and I had no doubt I wanted to go to Antarctica.
Next thing I knew was that I was granted a scholarship at Victoria University in Wellington to do a PhD in Physical Oceanography. And the last thing before catching the first plane of many was my supervisor telling me that “although New Zealand is roughly in the same latitude as Spain the weather might not be as good…” too late. I was on my way.
After 4 years I was awarded with a PhD in Physical Oceanography, and yes, I went to Antarctica. I have been to Sea before, but going South was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had. After my PhD I spent almost three years as a Post-Doc at NIWA. I worked on mesoscale ocean dynamics, continental shelf and deep ocean interactions and climate variability. Physical-biological interactions such as relationship between ocean mechanics and marine ecosystems;
Now, I am part of the MetOcean team, a very cool company
I love the Ocean. And I swim, I swim in the Ocean I mean. I like Science, and tell other people about the Science I do. This is a space to talk about both, sometimes about Science, sometimes about swimming and most of the times about the things that bring both together. Welcome to my swirls, please take a dip.