CACHE is the abbreviation for Calcium in a CHanging Environment, but what does this mean and what is the project about?

This project is trying to understand how molluscs build shells. Examples of molluscs are the snails in your back garden and limpets on the seashore; some of them are good to eat like oysters and scallops. There are many different species, which come in all shapes and sizes and they can be found living on the land or in the sea. But in this project we are only looking at four commercially important species that live in the sea (oysters, scallops, blue mussels and soft shelled clams). Read more….

Admiring a 3D printed shell!

Check out the adventures of the CACHE mascots, Clarence and Clemmie!

  • Clarence and Clemmie go fossil hunting The intrepid clams continue on their travels and journeys of discovery: Well fellow shell lovers, something slightly different for a change! So far we’ve been looking at live shells or shellfish, with the odd trip to the sea side for an ice cream or two. But this time we’ve been on a trip looking for fossilised ...
  • Clarence and Clemmie: Our time in the sun! The intrepid CACHE mascots, Clarence and Clemmie, report on their time spent in Portugal: “Talk about contrast! After our visit to Antarctica, we got to spend some time with Rita Pereira at the Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), at the University of Algarve, Portugal! Sunshine! Rita is responsible for managing the recruitment and career development administration ...
  • Clarence and Clemmie go fossil hunting! The intrepid duo take a short break in Whitby: “Well after all the science trips we have been on, we finally reckoned that maybe we should have a holiday. OK, actually Dr Mel decided that she needed a holiday and we kind of sneaked along in her bag when she went to Whitby. Whitby is a seaside ...
  • Hello Bangor! The intrepid duo continue their globe trotting…..Clarence and Clemmie the CACHE mascots, visit Bangor in the UK: “How do you follow a trip to Antarctica? You might think after time in the frozen wastes that we would reward ourselves with a nice warm beach holiday, the Maldives perhaps? But no! We are dedicated to our science ...
  • Clarence and Clemmie: back in the UK! “Well, we’re back safe and sound! After a long journey home from Antarctica. We travelled out of Rothera Research base on the ship, the RRS Ernest Shackleton to get to the Falkland Islands, then a Ministry of Defence flight from Mount Pleasance airfield in the Falklands to RAF Brize Norton, then a mini-bus to the ...
  • Clarence and Clemmie bid farewell to Antarctica The CACHE mascots, Clarence and Clemmie, say au revoir to Antarctica and share their final adventure…. “Well, finally it’s time for us to leave and come back to live with Nina in Cambridge. We have really enjoyed our time down here and we have learnt a lot, especially about our Antarctic cousins. On one of the ...
  • Clarence and Clemmie around the base: the big animals! Continuing their epic Antarctic trip, the very important clams (VICs) Clarence and Clemmie, the CACHE mascots, talk ‘cute stuff’!   “So far we have talked a lot about the science going on at Rothera, but whenever you mention the Antarctic, everyone immediately thinks of the big ‘cute’ stuff, like penguins, seals and whales (please note, there are ...
  • Clarence and Clemmie and more wet science! Well, we are really getting into this science lark! This time we got to go out with the dive team. This is us in the front of the boat (not a bad trip to work; beats waiting for a bus!). The UK is one of the few countries to run an all year round dive ...
  • Clarence and Clemmie meet their Antarctic cousins Intrepid travellers and CACHE mascots, Clarence and Clemmie, continue their adventures in Antarctica: “Obviously being clams and hearing that we have distantly related cousins down here we were very keen to meet them and say Hello. So Dr Mel organised a visit to the aquarium: that’s us taking a close look at the Antarctic clams (Laternula ...
  • Clarence and Clemmie do science! CACHE mascots, Clarence and Clemmie, continue their blog from Antarctica – Part III: “Now we have settled into base life, we are starting our new career in science. But obviously they are not just going to let us media celebrities loose in a lab or the aquarium without proper training and supervision, so here we are getting ...