Core Samples: History through Mud

It might seem strange to hear the CROCCA-2S research team is going out to collect mud from the ocean floor. You might ask why we don’t just find some wet sand at the beach, or maybe some clay from the nearest creek. Why bother at all, you might ask – it’s just wet dirt! Like...

Last things before heading to the ship

After all the planning we are down to the last minute details.  Some of the team have already left a little early for a day or two of fun before the really intense work begins when we leave port.  They deserve it! I am still packing up my gear.  Some of that is science gear...

Organizing a Coring Cruise

This is not my first cruise. Good thing, because I am more or less in charge of this whole expedition. Although it’s not my first time as Chief Scientist either, that doesn’t make it any less exciting, complex, and uncertain at times. Even after lots of cruises it has the same uncertainty as for first...

Preparing for a Research Cruise

First cruise? Mine too. I don’t really know what to expect, either. The first place I looked for information was on the University of Washington’s site for the R/V Thomas G. Thompson, the ship we’ll be sailing on, but even after reading their “What you need to know” blog I still had some questions. So...