Fabric Fun – Making Embroidered Microfossils

Microfossils are exactly what they sound like – tiny fossils! There are several different subcategories: foraminifera, radiolaria, and nannofossils. Micropaleonologists find these microfossils in the core the JOIDES Resolution collects from the Earth’s crust. Micro means small so most of the microfossils must be seen through a microscope. Although the fossilized shells show up as white now, they used to be all kinds of colours when the organisms were still living. We have a new…

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…

About foraminifera and Pokémon

About foraminifera and Pokémon

*Beautiful illustration of forams made by Ernst Haeckel in 1900 You must know what Pokémons are. Your son, nephew, younger brother or even you’ve had some contact with these colourful and varied characters created by Nintendo in 1996. At least Pikachu I’m sure you’ve heard of. That yellow rabbit looking creature with red cheeks, which jumps, screams and release rays. Many people collect, trade, and dispute the cards containing the powers, strength levels, and other…

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…

Adriane Lam: The tool I can’t live without and use daily? A paintbrush.

Adriane Lam from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, chats about why she swapped a paintbrush for planktic, foraminifera. Ever since I was in high school, I dreamed of going to college to obtain a degree in art. There was nothing more inspiring than creating my own works of art on canvas, using vibrant colors and abstract shapes. As I got older and wiser to the world, I knew art was not a feasible career. Not knowing…

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…

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…

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…