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.
Lisa in her wheelhouse during our lab orientation tour.
The rest of the female leadership team – LC asked us to pose with Patrick.After two days in port, we departed Fiji around 0730!! During our transit to the drill site, to be officially designated Site U1553, the science team is busy learning their roles and how to perform their analytical duties. We are all focused on how to leverage the expertise of every member of the science party to maximize the scientific impact of the cores we recover from Site U1553.