By the time I finished my final paper on the impacts of climate change on marine life in the Gulf of Oman, I was ready to leave the conference hall.
But I had no idea what to expect.
It’s a strange place to do a paper, I realised.
After all, it’s my job to write about something so big.
In fact, I’d been invited to write a paper on coral reefs around the world, so I decided to write on the same topic.
But the Gulf’s coral reefs are threatened with bleaching due to the climate change, and the research papers I’m going to be working on are going to cover the impacts on fish populations.
It was a tricky choice, I thought.
The science, the politics and the ethics had to all come together.
But in the end, it was all about a little fish, an unusual fish.