'You live with your patients and look at them across the dinner table'

"I’ve worked on ships in the Russian Arctic and I’ve also worked in Antarctica — I’m ‘bipolar’, as somebody once said to me. Antarctica is an amazing place.

Dr Eve Merfield

"There are a lot of scientists down there doing different things and they often need help counting penguins or tagging seals. I’m a keen gardener, so when I’ve been down there, I’ve looked after the hydroponics. 

"It’s a different life, and being isolated with a small number of people has its own challenges