Tracy’s Way – How to Get Geoscience Superpowers

Tracy’s Way – How to Get Geoscience Superpowers

Tracy Quan, a scientist sailing on Expedition 369, had this to say about the how and why to becoming a geoscientist… Several times a year, I get the chance to participate in a few outreach programs designed to introduce secondary school students and their teachers to the geosciences. One of the questions that frequently gets asked is what type of classes or skills would be useful for someone who might want to become a geologist….

Postcards from Scientists – Lauren’s crushing chemistry duties

G’day! I’m Lauren O’Connor, a shipboard geochemist on Expedition 369. I’m from Brisbane, on the east coast of Australia, but I currently live in England, where I’ve just finished my PhD at the University of Oxford. My work on the JOIDES Resolution usually involves crushing rocks and weighing the powders. Not terribly exciting, but the wealth of information that you can get from analysing these powders makes it worthwhile! The chemistry of these rocks can…

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…

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…