Tracy’s Way – Exploring the Lab

Tracy’s Way – Exploring the Lab

After several days of travel where the rough weather had us all lurching around a heaving and rolling ship like seasick zombies, we finally arrived at our first drilling location and started drilling rock core. While all of the scientists on board the JR have their own areas of research and individual projects relating to the Expedition goals, as a team we are also responsible for collecting a lot of basic information about the cores…

Tracy’s Way – Love of the Lab

Hi everyone! My name is Tracy Quan, and I am sailing as an Inorganic Geochemist on Expedition 369 on the JR. My usual day job is as an Associate Professor in the Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University, where I do research on characterizing past depositional environments using a wide range of biogeochemical proxies, or more simply I look at the different chemical elements held within rocks to understand the environments the…

JR Book Club with Sietske

Sietske is a stratigraphic correlator from the University of Oxford. Here is what she said about her book club choice: This Australian Bird Guide and my binoculars are on my desk at all times, unless I take them outside to try to identify seabirds. The detailed drawings help me to see more detail and I love reading about how the birds behave and where they live. Before the expedition, I had some time to travel around…

JR Book Club with Carmine

Carmine from the University of Adelaide is sailing onboard as one of our sedimentologists. Here’s what he had to say about his book club choice: “I’m currently reading a book called “Empire” by the Scottish historian Niall Fergurson. The book provides an in-depth view of the rise and fall of the British Empire from its origins to the present day. Niall is well known his controversial views on historic and contemporary events and this book…

A Small City at Sea

A Small City at Sea

It’s a different world living on a moving, floating structure. On an impeccably blue and white background, you can see the crew decked in red moving here and there, constantly at work. From my office window, I can see the ocean, I can see the drilling derrick towering over the rest of the ship as guardian, and I can see the core deck where the scientists first meet the new core. We are a small…

JR Book Club

We are starting a new series featuring books our scientists and crew members onboard are currently reading! Here’s our first instalment: I just finished “The Sanctuary Sparrow: A Medieval Whodunit” by Ellis Peters. The story is a murder mystery but set during the medieval ages. The main character is a Benedictine monk named Cadfael who uses his good sense, logical thinking, and knowledge of plants to help shed light on crimes committed. There’s also some…

Thinking about Rocks

Everything I’ve ever known about rocks comes from exploring a creek bed in southern Kentucky with my Grandma. My parents would drop myself and my brother off every summer without fail for a week or two at Grandma’s. She lived in a small town and her neighbors were dairy farmers. Usually we’d take a day trip out to the creek with a trunk full of a packed cooler, towels, and old plastic buckets (the kind…