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…

The “Unsung Hero’s” of the JR.

The technical staff on the JR, are a very experienced and resourceful group of professionals and as true professionals, they have a job to do and they do it to perfection.  They work as a team on a 24 hour rotation, with the night shift working midnight to midday and the day shift, working midday to midnight and meeting for a 15 minute cross over between shifts.  They are busy people, but I managed to…

I have the best job on the ship!!

E & O Officer: I have the best job on the ship!!  One of the scientist’s on Expedition371, passed our office and commented to me “You really do, have the best job on board.”   I sat and thought and decided…” Yes, she’s right. I really do have the best job on the ship. Every day I learn something new, everyday something exciting happens, and every day I appreciate the amazing journey I am on!! The…

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…

“Magic”

The JOIDES Resolution (JR) is an exceptional working place, with a totally unique atmosphere. What is the “magic” ingredient and why so different to the other places I have worked. The JR has a team of scientific researchers on board from around the world, with 12 different countries represented on this expedition. They have a very unique collegial bond, where they appreciate this very rare opportunity to be able to work together. The expedition has…

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…

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 371: Tasman Sea Frontier

On July 30th, 7 am Sunday morning Australian time, the JR, pulled away from the Port of Townsville.  This was the start of an extraordinary adventure, with an amazing team of research scientists from around the world.  The scientists share a common aim, and that is to embark on this expedition to drill into the submerged lost continent of Zealandia. As the ship pulled away, there was an air of excitement and anticipation, but also…

The Last Leg, Crossing Over the Great Barrier Reef

20 individuals from around the world came together to participate in this year’s School of Rock Workshop Expedition. The intent was to collaborate within partnerships and brainstorm new methodologies to support underrepresented populations within the geosciences. Each participant was paired with another expert within their field and came from diverse backgrounds. The transit entailed 18 days on board the research vessel, the JOIDES Resolution aka the ”JR”. The voyage began in Subic Bay, Philippines and…

May All Scientists Have Good Mothers!

May All Scientists Have Good Mothers!

I know, it may seem a bit odd to start a blog entry on an advanced oceangoing research vessel by saying something that may seem so left of center – but hear me out. And if you have not the best relationship with your natal person – please substitute an appropriate corollary. At School of Rock (SOR) we start every day with a go-around where we share some aspect of our professional craft; a bit…

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…