Postcards from Scientists – Was Expedition 369 more “Ernold Same” or “Master and Commander”?

The JOIDES Resolution in Hobart How does one sum up two months on the JOIDES Resolution? A song, a painting or maybe a poem? How about a lightly amusing blog? Let’s give it a try! A good place to start reminiscing on my adventures on the high seas was when I first arrived in Hobart, Tasmania on September 26th and saw the imposing JOIDES Resolution berthed in the docks from the taxi window. The only…

Postcards from Scientists – What is your favorite interval of geological time?

Postcards from Scientists – What is your favorite interval of geological time?

Geological time is hard to get your head around if you are not used to studying it. The Earth has been around for 4.6 billion years and modern humans have only been here for less than a million years. With lifetimes of less than 100 years its hard to fathom the extent of geological time but when you start to look at the different geological time intervals and the things that happened during them it…

Postcards from Scientists – Expect the unexpected says Carmine Wainman

Postcards from Scientists – Expect the unexpected says Carmine Wainman

Carmine Wainman talks about the hidden surprises when drilling below the seafloor: How often do our predictions become a reality? Some things can be anticipated like the time of the tides, other things less so like Leicester City wining the Premier League. More often than not, geoscience research has similar traits and it’s the unpredictability of the rocks we encounter that drives many of us to have careers in this field. Drilling on the JOIDES…

The future of Plate Tectonics research – IODP featured on the Geological Society of London blog

    Dr Lloyd White,  a lecturer in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia, is one of the scientists sailing onboard the JR’s Expedition 369. Lloyd has written about the importance of plate tectonics research and how we are contributing to it on this expedition for the Geological Society of London: The future of plate tectonics research: The International Ocean Discovery Program He has also produced a video that…

Postcards from Scientists – Lauren’s crushing chemistry duties

G’day! I’m Lauren O’Connor, a shipboard geochemist on Expedition 369. I’m from Brisbane, on the east coast of Australia, but I currently live in England, where I’ve just finished my PhD at the University of Oxford. My work on the JOIDES Resolution usually involves crushing rocks and weighing the powders. Not terribly exciting, but the wealth of information that you can get from analysing these powders makes it worthwhile! The chemistry of these rocks can…

Postcards from scientists – Rodrigo’s taste of Brazil

Hi everyone… I am Rodrigo do Monte Guerra, one of the paleontologist on Expedition 369. I live in a small (but wonderful) Brazilian town called Carlos Barbosa, in Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state in Brazil. I currently work as a researcher on ittFossil (Technological Institute of Micropaleontology), around 70 km from home. My research here on JOIDES Resolution involves some tiny microorganisms known as Calcareous Nannofossils. Usually this microfossil group is composed by…

Postcards from Scientists – Carmine’s rocks and the Roaring Forties

  Hello curious people! My name is Carmine Wainman and I am a British Sedimentologist onboard Expedition 369 on the JOIDES Resolution. I have just submitted my PhD and now I work as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Adelaide in Australia. My research will involve unravelling the secrets of the Cretaceous rocks in the Bight Basin south of Australia. We can use this ancient record to provide insights into how the Earth behaved…