Groundhog Day

Have you ever seen the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day?  The one where he relives the same day over and over?


The last several days have dawned gray and dreary.  But that doesn't bother me because a couple days ago we had the most spectacular sunrise you can imagine.  I really wanted to share it with you here.

Bringing Home the Science

One of my goals in coming on this expedition was to "bring home" the research being done, and make connections for students to science in the real world.

Home Away From Home

While we may not have ALL the comforts of home on the JR, great effort is made to make sure participants don't miss out on things just because we are at sea.

Giving Thanks

I just want to let all the folks at home in the US know that we were well taken care of on Thanksgiving. 

A Thanksgiving to Remember

Thanksgiving came a day early for us onboard the JR.  Because we are on the other side of the International Date Line, we are a day ahead.  We had our Thanksgiving while people in the U.S. were probably still shopping and cooking!

Thanksgiving Feast

Hi there, my name’s Dave and when I’m not sailing the ocean drilling the sea floor on The JOIDES Resolution I work on understanding ancient climate change at the University of Cambridge in the UK.

Thanksgiving on the Ship

Today is Thanksgiving on the JR.  My American friends helped me dress up for the occassion!  Do you like my outfit?


Have you ever tried to photograph a bird in flight? I am not a professional photographer, so I kept thinking that it was possible. But I kept failing. These sea birds are majestic in their flight and I really wanted to capture that majesty.

Spending the Day with Bugs

Believe it or not, even scientific language has its own slang. 

In the micropaleontology world, the tiny microfossils called foraminifera are affectionately known as "bugs".  I spent a good part of yesterday in the micropaleontology lab learning just how much work is involved in getting these bugs to the point where you can work with them.

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