Reddit AMA session on Sept 1 at 5pm-7pm EST. “Hidden Continent Zealandia”

AMA Science Series, March 2017 Dr Jerry Dickens, Professor at Rice University, Texas and Co Chief Scientist on Joides Resolution Expedition 371, answered questions on the proposed drilling program; “Finding the submerged continent of Zealandia.” Now 5 months later, at the midway point of the expedition, Jerry goes under the pump again, to answer your questions.  Reddit AMA session on Sept 1 at 5pm-7pm EST. Dr Gerry Dickens, talks about ocean drilling and “Zealandia” From…

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Dr Gerry Dickens: Co Chief Scientist JR Exp371, gives a fresh new light on: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Known for its musical score, groundbreaking cinematography, and fascinating characters, the now classic spaghetti western gives us a true epic, both in length and story. After nearly three hours, all comes to a three-way shootout over buried treasure — the three gunslingers, as almost any movie buff knows, each reflecting a facet of the…

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….

Thinking about Rocks

Everything I’ve ever known about rocks comes from exploring a creek bed in southern Kentucky with my Grandma. My parents would drop myself and my brother off every summer without fail for a week or two at Grandma’s. She lived in a small town and her neighbors were dairy farmers. Usually we’d take a day trip out to the creek with a trunk full of a packed cooler, towels, and old plastic buckets (the kind…

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…