Goodbye for now

WCOA2016_June7_USCG_SeattleBase
Journey’s end… the NOAA Ship Ronald Brown at the US Coast Guard Seattle Base, June 7, 2016. Photo Credit: Meg Chadsey

Two days after our return to land, we wanted to give the 2016 West Coast Ocean Acidification Cruise blog a final send-off (‘we’ being the Leg 2 at-sea bloggers SpencerMeghan and Katie – aka ‘SMK’ – and shore-based editor Meg). It’s been an incredible experience to explore and learn along with the scientists on board, and we’ve greatly enjoyed sharing the experiences of this ship with you.  Continue reading “Goodbye for now”

35 Sunsets Later: Closing thoughts

After 35 days at sea (replaying the following video 35 times will give you a rough idea), we thought we would ask each member of the scientific team what their experience was like, rather than write a one-sided view of an individual’s experience.

Continue reading “35 Sunsets Later: Closing thoughts”

Waxing poetic about science

If you’ve been following this blog for the last month as our intrepid group sails along the West Coast, you’ve probably read quite a few detailed posts describing our sampling procedures, measurement techniques, and experimental designs. Talking about our work is part of the job. Even so, sometimes we scientists can get a bit stuck in our ways, and when we are asked to step away from the tried-and-true journals, seminars, and scientific reports that we routinely use to talk about our research, funny things happen.  A few days ago, the blog team challenged our fellow scientists to a research haiku contest. It didn’t take long to discover that condensing our research into 17 syllables can be quite a task, yet our fellow scientists proved themselves worthy to the task. Continue reading “Waxing poetic about science”

What would you name the CTD?

You’ve seen the CTD in action in Ring around the Rosette and read about all the different types of samples we take. But for all the incredible scientific opportunities the CTD provides, we still don’t have a name for her (or him!).

The CTD posing majestically on the deck at sunset. Photo Credit: Meghan Shea
The CTD posing majestically on the deck at sunset. Photo Credit: Meghan Shea

We asked scientists onboard for their suggestions. Continue reading “What would you name the CTD?”

Land Legs

We arrived in San Francisco on Saturday (May 21) to drop some folks off and pick some new ones up. Seven scientists left the boat and sixteen new ones came onboard today. Those of us coming off the boat after 16 days at sea had some wobbly legs to start, and for those not used to the infamous ‘dock rock’ we were forewarned that you feel it most when you are in a confined space… Vertigo!

Continue reading “Land Legs”

Pteropod Experiments in a Mobile Laboratory

It all starts with the idea, a hypothesis really, that we are interested to know about the system of our investigation. The subjects of our investigation are pelagic calcifiers called pteropods (also sometimes called “sea butterflies”), that are put in an experimental setup in which we control a variety of different physical and chemical conditions. Continue reading “Pteropod Experiments in a Mobile Laboratory”

Too much of a good thing: the CO2 story

BRC_Picture1
The CO2 in this picture is dramatized at ~1 billion times its actual size. Note: real CO2 doesn’t have eyes.

Scientists are trained to prefer being correct over being clear, and humor is discouraged in research journals, so you might imagine you’ve just stumbled onto the most boring imaginable blog outside of a live-tweeting of continental drift.  I’ll be trying to forget my training for the moment, however.  Continue reading “Too much of a good thing: the CO2 story”

First Impressions: Life at Sea

As I prepared to leave for the West Coast OA research cruise, many family and friends skipped right over the ‘research’ part, and jumped straight to ‘cruise’.

lawnchair
As close to a Carnival Cruise as it gets- enjoying the last few hours of travel before arriving at our first station in Mexican waters. Photo: Emma Hodgson

Continue reading “First Impressions: Life at Sea”