Leaders in Geoscience: “Women who rock on the JR”

Leaders in Geoscience: “Women who rock on the JR”  It has been an honor working on the JR, with so many people who have a passion for geoscience and oceanography.  In particular, the remarkable group of young women scientists on board Expedition 371. They are without doubt, exceptional role models for young females looking into a scientific career.  A career in Geoscience, was traditionally dominated by males, but this field has exploded to include females…

August 18th: Leaving An Extraordinary Drill Site

A picture of the ship with the sun rising and some incredible clouds showing off the beauty and majesty of Mother Nature. After over ten days of drilling and now down hole logging, Expedition 371 is pulling up the drill pipe and will be leaving this extraordinary drill site. The names given this site, NCTN-3A (proposed site) or the site name once drilling has begun (U1507), does not do justice to the sediments we recovered…

Pekar’s Blog August 2nd: Why did I become a scientist?

Why did I become a scientist? I guess that is a question that is asked a great deal to me. I am always puzzled by this question as for me, being a scientist (and especially a professor) is probably the coolest, most fun occupations one can have. Think back being a kid. We always loved exploring, playing, creating, and making things out of our imagination and creativity. Well, that is what a scientist does for…

July 26 Blog: Exploring the long lost continent of Zealandia: Background & Scientific goals for Expedition 371

IODP Expedition 371: Exploring the Tectonic and Climate History of Zealandia This expedition has an amazing task in front of it as it will try to tackle scientific questions about both the tectonic and climate history of Zealandia as well as try to connect how tectonic changes affected global climate in the past. To fully understand the recent past, it may be nice to first look back at the history of Zealandia through geologic history….

Pekar’s July 25 Blog: The International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 371: Tasman Sea Frontier

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 371: Tasman Sea Frontier (https://iodp.tamu.edu/scienceops/expeditions/tasman_frontier_subduction_climate.html) will drill below the sea floor to recover sediments deposited on the newly named 8th continent of the world called Zealandia. The expedition will take place on the JOIDES Resolution (JR), which is a large drilling ship specially constructed to obtain continuous sedimentary cores.     Figure 1. This is picture of the JOIDES Resolution the coast of Hawaii.  Photo is from IODP.  …

July 24: Background on the International Ocean Discovery Program

The expedition (i.e., IODP Expedition 371) I will be on is part of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). It is an amazing program and I would like to share a bit of its history as it is the most successful international science program (perhaps outside the International Space Station) and for me being on an IODP expedition is the closest I will ever get to being on USS Enterprise with Captain Kirk and Spock!!…

A reflective prelude blog before I leave on this amazing adventure

Waiting in JFK for the flight………. The flying portion of this journey will take me half around the Earth, into the southern hemisphere, past New Zealand and to ancient continent of Australia. The entire journey will consist of about 20 hours of flight time in total, with a stop over at LAX and then a 15-hour flight to Sydney, Australia. The first leg of the journey will take me to the non-exotic place of LAX,…

The day the dinosaurs died or at least the non-avian ones.

The day the dinosaurs died or at least the non-avian ones.

Good science is conservative. Good scientists, by nature, are good skeptics. Scientists can argue for decades over a working hypothesis before consensus is ever reached. We can spend our entire careers disagreeing and trying to counter other arguments regarding a particular scientific concept. Due to this natural skepticism, a humongous body of evidence is required to dismantle any pre-existing idea. One example of this skeptical scientific process involves telling the story of what might have…

Identifying sediments and microfossils

Being at sea on such a large vessel is a new experience for me, and each day has been exciting.  The Philippines are beautiful, and the geology is amazing. Our morning began with a dolphin sighting off the port side, where we also saw flying fish! The remainder of the day was spent observing marine sediment cores and making smear slides.  Smear slides are a quick and easy way for sedimentologists to identify sediment styles…