The JR's First Mate

Hi! The weather is much better today, the waves are not as rough but the sky is still completely cloudy. We have stopped moving since we have reached our next drilling location. The JR has many crew members on board and each has certain responsibilities. Today I am going to tell you about our first mate, Jerry Embry.

Jerry Embry - Chief Mate

We have arrived at site U1370 and the first core will be arriving on deck in about an hour. The seas are a lot calmer than yesterday but the sky is completely cloudy (photo below). A few albatross are sitting off the port side of the ship this morning. Large ships have many crew members, each of who has specific responsibilities so that nothing gets overlooked.

Photo Challenge 2!

Today, I am posting the answers to Photo Challenge 1 and you will find another photo challenge. Send me your answers at


Changing Weather!

Brrrr! I'm doing my best to stay dry and warm in this weather. The JR is rocking and rolling as the ocean is becoming a little rough. It is raining and the air temperature is 15 degrees C, that's 59 degrees F.

Change in the Weather!

Well, as we move further south, the weather has changed dramatically. The swells are 8 feet, the water and air temperature is 15 degrees C and it is raining. The JR is certainly rocking and rolling today; some of the crew is starting to feel seasick. A science meeting will take place at 11:00 am and then we should be arriving at our next site shortly thereafter.

Yuki Morono - One of the Microbiologists

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Today, the galley crew is preparing turkey and all that goes with it. Since we have many scientists and crew members who are not from the United States, the kitchen workers are also preparing a wide variety of foods, so that everyone can celebrate!

Microbiologist - Yuki Morono

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! We will enjoy turkey and quite a wide variety of foods today as we have an international crew. Today, I would like to tell you about one of the scientists participating in Expedition 329.

We're on Our Way Again!

Another beautiful day in the South Pacific Ocean! I think I'll work on my tan as we leave site U1369 and travel to our next location. In fact, I'm not the only one taking advantage of the weather. Today, we have many albatrosses following the ship. An albatross is a very large bird that can fly great distances from land. They are flying around and landing in the water.

Finishing U1369

Early this morning the crew finished pulling up the drill pipe and storing it away. We are now making our way to the next site, U1370, which is still further to the southwest. The weather is perfect today! An interesting sight is all of the albatrosses following the ship today, (see photos below). They are amazing to watch as they skim just above the water with their huge wing span.

Our Staff Scientist - Carlos Alvarez-Zarikian

The staff scientist spends much of his time working in Texas at Texas A & M University where the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is located. He is responsible for planning and working with the chief scientists of each expedition. Today, we are going to learn about Carlos Alvarez-Zarikian.

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