In Memory of

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Bernie McConnell

Family, Friend, Mentor and Colleague…

Larger than life character,

and in his own words (borrowing a quote):

“A veritable cornucopia of admirable character traits”.

 

Book Owner: SMRU
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Dom

Absolutely a legend – innovative, inspirational, always, always welcoming and his delight in gaining understanding and having an adventure or a good blether and a beer will be hugely missed. On the shoulders of giants my friend.  …

Taiki Adachi

When I moved to SMRU from Japan as a postdoc, my Japanese colleagues told me stories about Bernie-san, how he is fascinating, full of humor, and the lovable character. When they talk about him, they always have big smiles on their faces, and I found it why when I first met him in my …

Debbie Russell

In 2008, as a new post doc, my first meeting at SMRU was with Bernie, I got lost and arrived late, panicked that any chance of making a good first impression was out the window! I needn’t have worried, Bernie was totally unfazed, I am not entirely convinced he remembered we were meeting. Little …

Mark Dagleish

I first met Bernie when he was assigned as the internal examiner for a PhD student, Jo Baily, I was supervising. Bernie was larger than life, always happy to see me wanding, usually lost, through the corridors of SMRU and ready to greet me with a smile and welcoming banter. Then pointing me in …

Jo Baily

I first met Bernie at SMRU when he had, to his bewilderment, been appointed as the internal examiner for my PhD. I was an off-site student, only visiting sporadically, but, each time, within seconds of arriving I was ushered into a chair, a cup of steaming (very) strong coffee in one hand and a …

Magda

I would not be where I am now (and probably would not be who I am now) if it was not because of you, Bernie. If you did not meet Jacob Nabe-Nielsen in one of the pubs, somewhere in the world, and did not start writing a project on a serviette (or beer mat?). …

Sophie Brasseur

Bernie had the capacity to have several conversations at once with you, which I found fascinating and very funny. He could talk about new tags, chocolate cake, complicated models or boats in one conversation. I will really valued this light hearted but very professional approach to science and life in general. He would also …

Chris Morris

I knew very little about SMRU and the people who work here when I first heard Bernie give a talk at a marine mammal conference many years ago. It was by far the most entertaining talk I heard that week, and it left a lasting impression! A few years later, I finally met him …

Lars Boehme

Bernie was quick to welcome me at SMRU in 2004 and made me feel at home. He did that to everyone independent of if they were an undergrad student or the director of a research council. Together with his irreverent behaviour, it fused to warm, friendly, likable, helpful, knowledgeable, respectful person who I was …

Hilari DB

My deepest condolences to Bernie’s family and friends. I was lucky enough to meet Bernie in 2014 quite by accident as I crashed into him in the hallways of SMRU, after getting lost early on, in classic Bernie fashion he teased me about my Canadian “accent” and we had a good laugh. Bernie filled …
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