JOSEPH COOK

THE MICROBIOLOGIST

“We work in these wonderful environments, and I really enjoy the surroundings, as well as the element of teamwork. Out there on the ice, nothing is routine and that’s amazing.”

By combining his two greatest passions, science and the outdoors, Joseph’s work as a glacial microbiologist at the University of Sheffield has helped him develop a deeper understanding of the world around us.

His studies delve into the effects of microbial growth on sea-level rise. “It’s very satisfying scientifically,” he explains, “because there are massive questions to answer, which impact on the real world. We are already seeing the effects of a changing Arctic in the mid-latitudes.”

And the impact that has on him? “Being rich to me means having freedom to have a positive impact on the world around me and the people around me.”

Photography by Daniel Ernst