How do we know?

We are at the first station and the research has begun. We are close to shore, about 10 miles from the land which in terms of the ocean is very very close to land. Isla del Cano is all we can see, other than blue water and blue skies.

Sailing to First Site

Last night the lines were tossed and JR is now on the way to our first site.  Sailing in darkness, we left the port of Puntarenas after an extra day in port. 

Four Essential Questions

At the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) national meeting in San Francisco on Friday, I got to meet a few School of Rock Alumni.  Thanks for the tips on what to expect and bring. I felt compelled to attend because I’ve never had the opportunity to attend an NSTA meeting and it was in my local area.  Squeezing it in between packing and getting everything else in order for a 30 day absence was well worth it.  With thoughts of Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and the threat of the tsunami on our coast, the buzz of teachable moments and relevance of understanding Earth sciences was in the air of the Moscone Center with 15,000 science teachers.

Counting down the days for CRISP to begin

Only 7 days until I begin my journey to the JR. Planning to be away from home for 30 days takes less planning than the science team has spent planning the expedition, yet I can’t believe all the things I must do. Packing, preparing co-workers and workflow for my absence, passing out house keys for cat sitters, paying bills and filing my taxes are just a few of things that need


Wow, the final week and a half of this cruise went by super quick.  We sampled one more seamount and then it took three days to get back to port.  We arrived back in Auckland about 4 pm today, you can see the first glimpses of the city in the image at the top of this blog

Why Scientists Rule!!!!

Since I was the first blobfish in history to be able to tag along on a scientific research expedition (and also probably the last one, since I don’t know of any other blobfish who have the mutant ability to breathe in the atmosphere), I had been hoping to take advantage of my time on the JOIDES Resolution to introduce you to all 30 scientists on this expedition, but surprisingly,

How You* Can Be on the JOIDES Resolution (* “you” being an educator)

As every educator knows, telling a student about something is never quite as effective as giving them the real experience. Similarly, teaching about the science and operations of the JOIDES Resolution becomes more meaningful when the teacher and/or students are able to have a real experience of it. Amazingly, it is not actually that difficult to make that happen.

Dating Fossils

This blog is not about May-December relationships. Instead, it is about an activity that can show students how the scientists on our expedition use fossils they find in the cores to help determine the ages of the seamounts we are drilling.

Why a Magnetometer Can be a Hotspot Scientist’s Best Friend

The scientists’ ability to determine whether the Louisville hotspot has been moving inside the Earth is dependent on our paleomagnetists’ ability to see how the Earth’s magnetic field affects volcanic rock. To find out why, drink a latte and read on, because it’s a little long.

Why Microbiology Rules!!!

Jason Sylvan is a microbiologist on an expedition about deep-sea volcanoes.

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