Meet Salar – PhD student in Physical Oceanography
As a master's student in Physical Oceanography, Salar Karam joined the ITGC (International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration) in Antarctica. Now, he's a PhD student and studies the warming of the deep Arctic Ocean.
Why did you want to study the Master’s programme in Physical Oceanography?
"After my bachelor’s degree in physical oceanography, it was the natural way to go. I wanted to continue in science and I was particularly interested in polar research, so I thought this was my best chance to conduct field research in the polar regions."
What are you working with now?
"Right now I’m doing my PhD in physical oceanography at the Department of Earth Sciences, where I study the warming of the deep Arctic Ocean."
What is special about the master's programme in physical oceanography?
"First of all, I met a bunch of people I still call my friends, for which I’m very lucky! Secondly, after two years of pestering my supervisor Anna Wåhlin about questions of when she would take me to Antarctica, I finally got to go there as part of the ITGC (International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration), for which I’m also very lucky!"
What is special about studying in Sweden?
"I’m not entirely sure since I haven’t studied anywhere else, but I hear from other students, that there is a much more informal atmosphere between students and teachers in Sweden, compared to other countries. And we have a lot of breaks during the day for coffee and pastries, which is quite nice!"