It’s been roughly a week since I have been back on land, and I have (almost) completely adjusted back to the swing of things at home. Unfortunately, some technical difficulties prevented me from sending updates while I was at sea. That, and things got quite busy after we stopped in Dutch Harbour! Having taken and processed 33 of 39 samples in the Pacific, there were only six samples for me to take in the Bering Sea for the InFORM project. That being said, Tadpole challenges were kicked into high gear, and with the Distributed Biological Observatory scientists on board, stations and transects (groups of stations done consecutively, often in a line) began in earnest. I have been sworn to secrecy on the happenings of the Arctic Circle crossing, so although interesting stories did in fact come of that, I am unable to share them.
Checking in from what seems to be the middle of nowhere! Going out on deck is a surreal experience – nothing but grey swells and sky in all directions. As we were sampling today, we saw a brief glimpse of blue sky for the first time on this trip, and it was an occasion everyone in the science crew came out on deck for to see for themselves. Continue reading Cruising the Pacific 2016: Mid-cruise
Less than half a year ago, I had absolutely no idea I would be spending three weeks at sea this summer. Now, it is only a few days before I will be aboard the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier collecting surface sea water samples and processing them as part of the Fukushima InFORM project. In doing so, I am continuing the work of two other undergraduates who have been part of the monitoring efforts – Laura and Kathryn.