This entry is written by Debbie Thomas, co-chief scientist of Expedition 378. It comes from her Expedition 378 Odyssey blog, which can be found here.
A few days ago, the science party and the ship’s crew officially arrived at the JR, rounding out the Expedition 378 team! After the newcomers had a chance to find their cabins and unpack, we began the first set of orientation meetings in the science conference room.
Not only are the Expedition Project Manager (Laurel) and both co-chiefs (Ulla and I) women, but our Laboratory Officer also is female! Lisa Crowder joined the JOIDES Resolution Science Operator 19 years ago and we sailed together on ODP Leg 198 (my first, her second expedition). Lisa’s role as Laboratory Officer is to oversee the safety and operation of all the shipboard laboratories. These facilities are mission critical to every expedition, as you’ll see in upcoming posts.