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Science on board - Chit-chat with a petrologist/ Quattro chiacchiere con un petrologo
Submitted by Alessia Cicconi on Thu, 03/02/2017 - 07:52
In this post we are going to meet Anders McCarthy one of the petrologist on board the JOIDES Resolution in Expedition 367.
Here the interview he released to me.
Q: Anders could you please tell us where you studied and where do you work right now?
A: I have been working at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland for 10 years. I have done my Bachelor, Master and PhD in geology there. I will be starting a post-doc in Bristol (UK) in May.
Q: When did you decide to be a scientist?
A; After having seen the movie Dantes Peak when I was 10 years old, I decided to study volcanoes once I got out of the movie theater. Never changed my mind.
Q: What is your job here in the ship?
A: I'm a core describer. I am helping to describe a whole range of sedimentary rocks. As I am primarily an igneous petrologist who studies magmatic processes, I'm looking forward to describing the oceanic crust (basement rocks) which we should soon drill through (hopefully)
Q: What's the best thing on being a participant in this expedition?
A: Having 33 motivated scientists and a whole lot of technicians helping us out on the ship for the 2 months is great, from a scientific perspective and from a human perspective. This is as much a scientific endeavor as a human one, and I couldn't be happier to be out here for the second time in 3 years.