Scientist Post: Francesca Sangiorgi

Scientist Post: Francesca Sangiorgi

Francesca Sangiorgi is a scientist sailing on expedition 374. She works as an assistant professor at Utrecht University. She will will be posting brief updates throughout the cruise, which will be shared here. More on her work: Dr. Sangiorgi’s main interests include eutrophication trends, natural variability vs anthropogenic changes in coastal areas, Neogene climate in the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans, Late Quaternary paleoceanography of the Mediterranean Sea including episodes of widespread anoxia (sapropels). Dr. Sangiorgi focuses on…

Scientist Post: Brian Romans

Scientist Post: Brian Romans

Brian Romans is a scientist sailing aboard Expedition 374. He will blogging on his home institution’s – Virginia Tech – website here, and we will re-post his updates. Below are his first two posts, from October 19 and January 7. You can also follow Dr. Romans on Twitter and Instagram.   Getting ready to set sail Originally posted January 7, 2018 on the Virginia Tech Sedimentary Systems Research blog.  I’ve been in Lyttelton, New Zealand (port town…

Port Call

Port Call

Kia Ora from Lyttelton! I’m thrilled to be one of three onboard education and outreach officers for Expedition 374: Ross Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History who will be blogging throughout our nine week journey. My name is Kim Kenny and my communication colleagues are Rosa Hughes-Currie and Agnès Pointu. The expedition is led by co-chiefs Laura De Santis and Rob McKay. View the full team here.  The JOIDES Resolution pulled into the port of Lyttelton,…

2018 – 50 years of scientific ocean drilling!

2018 – 50 years of scientific ocean drilling!

Ngā mihi o te tau hou!! Happy New Year from the JOIDES Resolution! We had the pleasure of celebrating the start of 2018 just west of the international date line, in the first time zone!! 2018 is an important year for IODP because it represents 50 years of the scientific ocean drilling program. The program name may have changed over the years, but the goals and objectives have continued to be related to discovering Earth’s…

Ihu o Hineraumati — Summer Solstice

Ihu o Hineraumati — Summer Solstice

With 14 hours and 53 minutes between sunrise and sunset, today is Ihu o Hineraumati (Summer Solstice), the longest day of the year here in Aotearoa (New Zealand)! The tilt of the Earth causes the southern hemisphere to be tilted toward (summer) and away (winter) from the sun at certain times of the year as the Earth travels around the Sun. The northern hemisphere is tilted the opposite way from the sun and is therefore in…

Art Under Pressure!!

Art Under Pressure!!

Earlier this year, East Coast LAB (Life at the Boundary) and GNS Science in New Zealand ran a competition for primary school students from the Gisborne region – just onshore from the EXP372 sites – to promote awareness of the Hikurangi plate boundary. Students had the opportunity to create artwork on styrofoam cups and I’ve brought the submitted entries on the JOIDES Resolution to send them to the seafloor. The pressure at the bottom of…

Nautical Flags

Nautical Flags

I got a little curious about some of the nautical customs observed on the JOIDES Resolution – specifically about nautical flags and ship-to-ship communication. Fortunately, Second Mate Edmund Ancheta, who has been sailing on the JR since 2009, was kind enough to answer my questions and teach me about the various types of shipboard communications. His responses are paraphrased below. I’m curious to learn about nautical flags. What are nautical flags primarily used for? Nautical…