My tall-ship-sailing buddies at Sea Education Association are headed out for a special Pacific plastics cruise tomorrow aboard the 134-foot brigantine SSV Robert C. Seamans. (Disclosure: I am totally biased cause I’ve sailed with them twice and think it is the best thing ever. Also, they’re collecting samples for me on this cruise. Thanks . . . → Read More: Plastics expedition departs for North Pacific
The ocean is not homogenous. In other words, not all seawater is the same. Instead, it made up of many different water masses, each with unique characteristics. These water masses can be adjacent to each other, lay on top of each other like a delicious salty layer cake, or even in very special cases become . . . → Read More: Notes from the field: Mixology of Water Masses
I’m delighted to present this guest post from Dr. Michelle Staudinger, a post-doc at the University of Missouri Columbia and stationed at the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center in Reston Virginia. Michelle was a grad student at Stony Brook University while I was an Assistant Prof there another life ago. Thanks Michelle for . . . → Read More: Guest post: The stunning deep-water biodiversity of the Bear Seamount
We’re excited for another guest post from Kim Martini here at DSN (read previous posts here). Kim is a physical oceanographer working at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She is part of a science team in the Arctic for a two-week cruise to study the currents in the Chukchi Sea. You can find her on . . . → Read More: Notes from the field: Find the currents, deploy the ROBOTS!
Looking for vicarious adventure? Check out two new expedition blogs, both of which are underway right now! The Tonga Trench Expedition team The Tonga Trench Expedition is a Scripps Institution of Oceanography student cruise, led by Scripps graduate student/chief scientist Rosa Leon Zayas. (and if anyone out there is looking for a kick-ass female Latina . . . → Read More: Two new expedition blogs: super deep South Pacific and super cold Antarctica
We’re excited for another guest post from Kim Martini here at DSN (read previous posts here). Kim is a physical oceanographer working at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. You can find her on Twitter at @rejectedbanana. Make sure to comment below and welcome her to DSN. While the rest of the DSN scientists all seem . . . → Read More: Notes from the field: North, to the Arctic Ocean!
Science is about discovery, observation and understanding, but it doesn’t always proceed smoothly and inexorably towards success. Real science, especially RealBiology®, is often messy and complicated, and the real challenge of being a biologist is distilling out of that sloppy chaos some meaningful patterns that might advance the field. I am with a team from . . . → Read More: Notes from the field: Mexico whale shark research 2012
Our colleague John Hocevar is out in the Bering Sea right now studying the seafloor communities there with Greenpeace and the Waitt Institute. John has shared new finds with us before and was kind enough to share a really cool new discovery with DSN readers! Enjoy! ————————————————————————————– A Little Skate Nursery Rhyme Jackie and her . . . → Read More: Guest Post: Nursery Rhymes for Skates
There are scientists floating in the middle of the North Atlantic who are holding the dinosaur extinction in their hands. Really. Here it is: This may look like an alien landscape, but it’s actually a section of deep sea mud from the drilling ship Joides Resolution. When the lighter-toned sediment on the left was deposited, . . . → Read More: Drilling for dinosaur death: the Joides Resolution finds extinction in deep sea mud
Bathyscaphe Trieste I asked, “What were the events that lead to you to dive the Marianas Trench?” Don Walsh one of two men to first visit the deepest point of the world’s ocean and one of only three to succeed at this responded quickly. “I found myself there for all the wrong reasons.” Don Walsh . . . → Read More: I Am Science with the First Man to Dive Challenger Deep