The crew of the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown: the people who make all this science possible

So far on this blog, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about the scientific work we’ve been doing day in and day out for the last few weeks. We love what we do (some days more than others), and are excited about sharing the results of our month of research in the Pacific.

However, there’s a group of people aboard the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown that our blog hasn’t talked much about, but who are vitally important to this project. They’re the folks who make this expedition possible, who keep the ship and its operations running smoothly behind the scenes, who feed us, and who make sure we stay safe and healthy while aboard. I’m talking about the ship’s crew, without whom we would be a group of dedicated marine scientists who couldn’t make it out of the harbor. Continue reading “The crew of the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown: the people who make all this science possible”

The Scoop from the Zooplankton Nets

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Image Credit: Keister lab, University of Washington

Along with the CTD action you saw in Ring around the Rosette, many of our stations also involve lowering zooplankton nets into the water. Zooplankton are an incredibly diverse group of animals that float freely with the ocean’s currents; they range from tiny, microscopic larvae to giant, 50-ft long jellyfish (this video captures some of their amazing diversity). Continue reading “The Scoop from the Zooplankton Nets”

Marine Bacteria in a Changing Ocean

'Starry starry....oceans?' It is estimated that there are 100 million times as many bacteria in the oceans (13 × 1028) as there are stars in the known universe
‘Starry starry…. oceans?’ These aren’t stars; they’re marine bacteria stained with a fluorescent dye that makes them glow in ultraviolet light. It is estimated that there are 100 million times as many bacteria in the oceans (13 × 1028) as there are stars in the known universe. Image Credit: Linda Rhodes
Bill Nilsson and Linda Rhodes smiling on the deck of the Ronald H. Brown. Photo Credit: Meghan Shea
Bill Nilsson and Linda Rhodes smiling on the deck of the Ronald H. Brown. Photo Credit: Meghan Shea

Linda Rhodes and Bill Nilsson are scientists from the Marine Microbes and Toxins Program at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Their focus on this cruise is the little guys: the bacteria! Continue reading “Marine Bacteria in a Changing Ocean”

The Beginnings of Ocean Acidification Studies in Mexican Waters

The 2016 West Coast Ocean Acidification (WCOA) cruise is the fifth of its kind, and the research we are performing aboard the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown has been over a decade in the making. It has been eleven years since NOAA PMEL scientists Dr. Richard Feely and Dr. Chris Sabine organized the first planning meeting in 2005 for the 2007 West Coast Ocean Acidification cruise. Continue reading “The Beginnings of Ocean Acidification Studies in Mexican Waters”

Oxygen, that thing we all need to breathe…

OxygenWe all do it subconsciously. Breathe in… Breathe out… We probably only really notice we are doing it when we get to the top of a flight of stairs, or when we go up in altitude and realize that the oxygen availability has changed, but we all know that oxygen is critical to life. Continue reading “Oxygen, that thing we all need to breathe…”