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Julia Benson

Julia, originally from Bristol, has lived in London for many years working as a financial controller. Having always been passionate about nature and travel, it was after a number of trips to the Polar Regions by ship that she was inspired to say goodbye to the corporate world and follow her dream to become a naturalist.

After studying marine zoology, she trained to become a marine mammal observer and volunteered for various organisations involved in whale and dolphin research and marine conservation in the UK and Europe. This led to her working as a naturalist on dolphin watching boats in the UK and whale watching boats in Iceland. Her most recent adventure was spending the austral summer of 2017/18 living and working on a tiny island with just three others at the British historical site Base A, Port Lockroy, Antarctica.