Science on board – Chit-chat with a petrologist/ Quattro chiacchiere con un petrologo

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.


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