Talking About Science at Sea: Reflecting on My Time Aboard the JOIDES Resolution

Talking About Science at Sea: Reflecting on My Time Aboard the JOIDES Resolution

I first learned about the International Ocean Discovery Program during an undergraduate oceanography course and later used IODP data as part of my master’s research. I had always wanted to sail but my focused shifted my focus from research to science communication so I thought it was an unlikely possibility. That changed when I heard about a call for Education and Outreach Officer applications. I was offered a position aboard the JOIDES Resolution for Expedition…

Tips from a Video Producer onboard the JR

Tips from a Video Producer onboard the JR

I sailed as a Video Producer on two JR expeditions. You know if I went again – spending two months at sea, working 12-hour shifts 7 days a week with no day off, it must have been a good experience. Or I’m just crazy. It was mostly the former. And both of my experiences working on JR expeditions were excellent. I had never been continuously at sea for so long before, let alone working with…

About foraminifera and Pokémon

About foraminifera and Pokémon

*Beautiful illustration of forams made by Ernst Haeckel in 1900 You must know what Pokémons are. Your son, nephew, younger brother or even you’ve had some contact with these colourful and varied characters created by Nintendo in 1996. At least Pikachu I’m sure you’ve heard of. That yellow rabbit looking creature with red cheeks, which jumps, screams and release rays. Many people collect, trade, and dispute the cards containing the powers, strength levels, and other…

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…

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…

Teachers: Go ahead! Apply!  Your district will be proud of you!

Teachers: Go ahead! Apply! Your district will be proud of you!

Let’s face it, one of the main reasons you haven’t applied to be an Onboard Outreach Officer aboard the JOIDES Resolution is because you’re thinking, “No way will my principal/superintendent/district let me miss school for 2 whole months!” I’m here to tell you I thought the exact same thing, but you don’t really know until you ask. I jumped head first into my application and before I knew it I was sailing aboard Expedition 360,…

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…