Cretaceous Smackdown or When Geology Met Wrestling

Cretaceous Smackdown or When Geology Met Wrestling

The reigning champion is the unbreakable wrestler Gondwana. Gondwana is one of the original pro-geo wrestlers and will face off against the formidable team consisting of Hothouse and Place Shifter. Make no mistake, this is going to be a rough and tumble, hardcore match-up! Gondwana has been in this fight a long time and even though Plate Shifter and Hothouse are relatively new to the world of pro-geo wrestling, they seem to have boundless amounts…

Tracy’s Way – End of Cruise Thanks

Tracy’s Way – End of Cruise Thanks

After almost two months at sea, we have reached the last week of our research cruise here on the JR. While we’ve all had a great time meeting new people, coring interesting sediments, and doing some fantastic science, most of us are a little tired of being so isolated and are ready to go back home so we can sleep in our own beds, binge-watch Netflix shows, talk to family and friends in person, and…

Fabric Fun – Making Embroidered Microfossils

Microfossils are exactly what they sound like – tiny fossils! There are several different subcategories: foraminifera, radiolaria, and nannofossils. Micropaleonologists find these microfossils in the core the JOIDES Resolution collects from the Earth’s crust. Micro means small so most of the microfossils must be seen through a microscope. Although the fossilized shells show up as white now, they used to be all kinds of colours when the organisms were still living. We have a new…

JR Book Club with Alyssa

Alyssa is the publications specialist for Expedition 369. She is responsible for collecting and organizing the publications as well as creating visual core descriptions (graphical representations) of the described core data. When she is not sailing on the JR, she works in the IODP offices at Texas A&M. Here’s what she had to say about the book she’s been reading: “I’ve just finished reading The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins- a book written in the…

Tracy’s Way – How to Get Geoscience Superpowers

Tracy’s Way – How to Get Geoscience Superpowers

Tracy Quan, a scientist sailing on Expedition 369, had this to say about the how and why to becoming a geoscientist… Several times a year, I get the chance to participate in a few outreach programs designed to introduce secondary school students and their teachers to the geosciences. One of the questions that frequently gets asked is what type of classes or skills would be useful for someone who might want to become a geologist….

Talking Points for Scientists or How Not to Be Nervous and Talk to Kids About Science

Talking Points for Scientists or How Not to Be Nervous and Talk to Kids About Science

Does the idea of having to explain your research to anyone under the age of 18 give you nightmares? Does the image of a classroom of 30 children cause you to hyperventilate? Does your brain go blank when confronted with youthful faces looking expectantly at you to tell them how science is done? Never fear! Talking to students (elementary to high school) can be easy-peasy if you remember the following: Keep it short and simple. Try to…

The Albatross – A Newspaper for the JR

The Albatross – A Newspaper for the JR

Two months feels like a very long time when you work every day and the scenery doesn’t change much. “Did we move in the night?” “How would I know? It all looks the same!” There’s one new independent publication though that is hoping to shed some light, warmth, and happiness while reporting what appears to be a combination of cartoons, loose facts, and practical horoscope predictions. The Albatross is here. The Albatross is dedicated to…

JR Book Club with Tom

Tom is the 2nd mate for this expedition. He’s been working on various ships and boats for about 17 years! Here’s what he has to say about what he’s been reading: “I read a lot of manuals about different topics that relate to running a large ship like the JOIDES Resolution. I am currently reading the Merchant Marine Officer’s Handbook by William A. MacEwan. I’ve been focused on reading the following chapters: The Everyday Labors…

Tracy’s Way – My path into science

When I tell people that I live in Oklahoma, some are surprised because I don’t look like their perception of an Oklahoman. When I tell folks I do research on marine depositional systems, they wonder how I ended up at Oklahoma State University, since Oklahoma is land-locked and a good 8 hours drive from the nearest ocean. As a woman who is an Associate Professor in the Boone Pickens School of Geology, I am often…