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…

JR Book Club with Lloyd

Lloyd is studying the physical properties of the core on the JR and specializes in downhole measurements. After we finish pulling the core up, we send special equipment down the hole to gather additional data which Lloyd then helps interpret for the rest of the scientific party. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Here’s what he had to say about “Captain James Cook” by Rob Mundle: On the day…

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…

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…