Stephen Nicol has been studying krill for 40 years and wants to set the record straight about this small, misunderstood crustacean. Not just kai for whales, krill occupy a central place in the marine food chain and are critical to life - especially in the Antarctic. Krill is the third most abundant species on the planet and Nicol says it is adaptable "and full of surprises". Nicol has spent decades as an Antarctic krill research scientist and programme leader for the Australian government. He is an adjunct professor in the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. He has received the Australian Antarctic Medal for outstanding contributions to Antarctic research and is the author of The Curious Life of Krill.