Postcards from Scientists – Was Expedition 369 more “Ernold Same” or “Master and Commander”?

The JOIDES Resolution in Hobart How does one sum up two months on the JOIDES Resolution? A song, a painting or maybe a poem? How about a lightly amusing blog? Let’s give it a try! A good place to start reminiscing on my adventures on the high seas was when I first arrived in Hobart, Tasmania on September 26th and saw the imposing JOIDES Resolution berthed in the docks from the taxi window. The only…

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….

Talking Points for Scientists or How Not to Be Nervous and Talk to Kids About Science

Talking Points for Scientists or How Not to Be Nervous and Talk to Kids About Science

Does the idea of having to explain your research to anyone under the age of 18 give you nightmares? Does the image of a classroom of 30 children cause you to hyperventilate? Does your brain go blank when confronted with youthful faces looking expectantly at you to tell them how science is done? Never fear! Talking to students (elementary to high school) can be easy-peasy if you remember the following: Keep it short and simple. Try to…

The future of Plate Tectonics research – IODP featured on the Geological Society of London blog

    Dr Lloyd White,  a lecturer in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia, is one of the scientists sailing onboard the JR’s Expedition 369. Lloyd has written about the importance of plate tectonics research and how we are contributing to it on this expedition for the Geological Society of London: The future of plate tectonics research: The International Ocean Discovery Program He has also produced a video that…

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…