Exp 374 Trailer

Exp 374 Trailer

Watch on YouTube: the Exp 374 Trailer Forty-five years ago, Leg 28 of the Ocean Drilling Program recovered cores from the Ross Sea that changed the way we think about Antarctic ice. Every decade our knowledge has advanced through more Antarctic drilling expeditions, including ANDRILL projects. Now, the International Ocean Discovery Program makes a long-awaited return to the Ross Sea on Expedition 374. Scientists from 13 different nations will look back in time to understand…

Explaining complicated things with simple words: The Up Goer Five Challenge

Explaining complicated things with simple words: The Up Goer Five Challenge

NOTE: With the exception of this note and the words in italics, this blog post is written with only the most commonly used 1,000 (or “ten hundred”) words. It may sound a bit silly but as you’ll see, it can be an important outreach exercise in breaking complex subjects down into their basic components. If you want to learn more about explaining complicated concepts with simple words, check out the work of Randall Munroe, author…

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…

Clearing the south island

Clearing the south island

For the first day of the most exciting expedition to the white continent, we sailed on the eastern side of the south island of New Zealand.  This provided us with protection from the high waves of the Southern Ocean that we were sure to encounter sooner or later. The first couple of days were filled with meetings and lectures ranging from science to safety.  We had pleasant weather and wonderful sunsets.   Sometime during the…

Setting Up, Southern Ocean and Birthday

Setting Up, Southern Ocean and Birthday

Last couple of days have continued the hectic pace we’ve had since the start. Worked 14 hours both days! Lots ‘o meetings about the science, sampling strategies, safety in the labs, core processing, outreach etc and the life boat drill (the picture above shows me in a survival suit for the boat drill). In between the meetings I’ve been getting my corner of the chemistry lab set up for biomarker analysis. The work I’m doing…