JR Book Club with Alyssa

Alyssa is the publications specialist for Expedition 369. She is responsible for collecting and organizing the publications as well as creating visual core descriptions (graphical representations) of the described core data. When she is not sailing on the JR, she works in the IODP offices at Texas A&M. Here’s what she had to say about the book she’s been reading: “I’ve just finished reading The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins- a book written in the…

Postcards from Scientists – Expect the unexpected says Carmine Wainman

Postcards from Scientists – Expect the unexpected says Carmine Wainman

Carmine Wainman talks about the hidden surprises when drilling below the seafloor: How often do our predictions become a reality? Some things can be anticipated like the time of the tides, other things less so like Leicester City wining the Premier League. More often than not, geoscience research has similar traits and it’s the unpredictability of the rocks we encounter that drives many of us to have careers in this field. Drilling on the JOIDES…

The Albatross – A Newspaper for the JR

The Albatross – A Newspaper for the JR

Two months feels like a very long time when you work every day and the scenery doesn’t change much. “Did we move in the night?” “How would I know? It all looks the same!” There’s one new independent publication though that is hoping to shed some light, warmth, and happiness while reporting what appears to be a combination of cartoons, loose facts, and practical horoscope predictions. The Albatross is here. The Albatross is dedicated to…

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…

JR Book Club with Tom

Tom is the 2nd mate for this expedition. He’s been working on various ships and boats for about 17 years! Here’s what he has to say about what he’s been reading: “I read a lot of manuals about different topics that relate to running a large ship like the JOIDES Resolution. I am currently reading the Merchant Marine Officer’s Handbook by William A. MacEwan. I’ve been focused on reading the following chapters: The Everyday Labors…

JR Book Club with Lloyd

Lloyd is studying the physical properties of the core on the JR and specializes in downhole measurements. After we finish pulling the core up, we send special equipment down the hole to gather additional data which Lloyd then helps interpret for the rest of the scientific party. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Here’s what he had to say about “Captain James Cook” by Rob Mundle: On the day…

Postcards from scientists – Rodrigo’s taste of Brazil

Hi everyone… I am Rodrigo do Monte Guerra, one of the paleontologist on Expedition 369. I live in a small (but wonderful) Brazilian town called Carlos Barbosa, in Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state in Brazil. I currently work as a researcher on ittFossil (Technological Institute of Micropaleontology), around 70 km from home. My research here on JOIDES Resolution involves some tiny microorganisms known as Calcareous Nannofossils. Usually this microfossil group is composed by…

Postcards from Scientists – Carmine’s rocks and the Roaring Forties

  Hello curious people! My name is Carmine Wainman and I am a British Sedimentologist onboard Expedition 369 on the JOIDES Resolution. I have just submitted my PhD and now I work as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Adelaide in Australia. My research will involve unravelling the secrets of the Cretaceous rocks in the Bight Basin south of Australia. We can use this ancient record to provide insights into how the Earth behaved…

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…