Part of our mission on the CROCCA-2S cruise is to share our work and experiences with you. To do fully understand what we’re doing, you’ve got to meet our scientists first!

Dr. Liz Sikes, Chief Scientist

Dr. Sikes is a professor at Rugters University specializing in Southern Ocean paleoclimate and circulation. This is her second cruise as Chief Scientist, but it’s her fifteenth ocean voyage. After 20 years comparing the Southwest Pacific to the South Atlantic, it became clear that it was necessary to look upstream at the Indian Ocean to answer the questions she had – which is the whole point of the CROCCA-2S!

Dr. Chandranath Basak, Watch Leader

Dr. Basak is an assistant professor at California State University in Bakersfield studying paleoclimate and chemical oceanography. He specializes in analyzing trace elements, especially neodymium isotopes, to understand the circulation patterns of our oceans. Chandranath is passionate about understanding the modern ocean, as it plays a huge role in the habitability of our world.

Dr. Zanna Chase, Watch Leader

One of our Watch Leaders, Zanna is an associate professor at the University of Tasmania specializing in chemical oceanography and covering global biology cycles in the past and present. She is particularly interested in the carbon cycle in the Southern Ocean in response to rapid climate changes. Zanna has worked a lot in the Pacific Ocean, but not the Indian Ocean yet.

Dr. Hilairy Hartnett, Watch Leader

Dr. Hartnett is an associate professor of biogeochemistry at Arizona State University. On this cruise, she is working to understand the carbon burial efficiency to provide context for the other experiments on board. This is Dr. Hartnett’s first time to Indian Ocean, but her tenth cruise longer than a month since 1998. In her off time, she enjoys mountain biking, knitting, and playing the piano.

Dr. Amy Wagner, Watch Leader

An assistant professor of Geology at the California State University in Sacramento, Dr. Wagner has been on numerous research cruises to gather coral and sediment samples from across the world. This is her first time as a Watch Leader, and she is looking forward to getting water and sediment samples for her research on paleoclimate change. In her spare time, she enjoys SCUBA diving and hanging out with her two crazy dogs.

Harris Anderson

Originally from Dunedin, New Zealand, Harris is a PhD student at the University of Tasmania studying sediment cores. With his focus on the South Ocean biogeochemical cycling in response to rapid climate change, Harris is interested to see how piston coring works on the open ocean. He enjoys surfing around southern Tasmania when he’s not looking at mud.

Christina Brooks

A Norfolk native, Christina recently graduated from Old Dominion University and works as a GIS Technician. She is drawn to GIS because of its complexity and ability to visualize ocean topography. She likes touching rocks, outdooring, and pushing buttons.

Sarah Brown

Sarah is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying marine ecology – specifically bacteria and carbon cycling. On the CROCCA-2S cruise, she will be filtering a lot of seawater from the CTD rosette to look at the bacterial community structure and function. This is her third and longest cruise.

Vince Clementi

A PhD student at Rutgers University, Vince is a paleoceanographer studying how the structure, circulation, and CO2 levels have changed since the last ice age. He’s interested in trying to find out how paleoceanography can affect policy. In his spare time, he likes to surf, cook, and ski.

James Eldred

A writer and editor from Texas, James has always had a passion for science and getting the right information to the right people. From space programs to practical engineering to oceanography, he finds and shares new concepts and emphasizes the human element of scientific discovery. This is his first research cruise, but he hopes it’s not his last. His hobbies include writing and reading fiction novels, flying RC planes, and playing engineering- or exploration-based video games.

Ryan Glaubke

Ryan Glaubke is a master’s student at Old Dominion University in Virginia investigating the El Niño – Southern Oscilation’s influence over global climate change. With his father a commercial fisherman and an interest in meteorology, ODU’s paleooceanography reconciled all his interests into one discipline. It also fulfills his desire to travel, and Ryan hopes this cruise will help him enter a doctorate program studying the sediment cores gathered.

Eli Hunter

A technician at Rutgers University, Eli is on the Thompson as the resident Multi-Beam Technician. He became an oceanographer in 2001 with a specialty in physical oceanography, mainly because he enjoys physics and spending time on the ocean.

Yingxin Kou

Originally from Tianjin, China, Kou is a PhD student at Australian National University, specializing in forams. He is eager to have a chance to work on a ship and gather coring data. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, and listening to Eric Clapton.

Dr. Sujata Murty

Sujata is a post doc at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts using corals to study past changes in climate and ocean circulation. While this isn’t her first cruise, this is her first time working with sediment cores. She’s excited to learn more about a different climate archive. In her spare time, she likes to study music and voice.

Aidan Starr

Aidan is a PhD student and Cardiff University studying paleoceanography, especially where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. He is most interested in the physical circulation in the ocean about 4 or 5 million years ago. As this is his first cruise, he is excited to see the Southerly sites and the silt that indicates how ventilated the currents are.

Cassandre Stirpe

Initially from Rhode Island, Cassie is a PhD student at the University of Maine. Her specialty is benthic forams, microfossils that can be used to calibrate water conditions in the past. She started working with forams from Antarctic samples and decided she liked the little bugs. Cassie has worked with core samples before, but she’s looking forward to seeing how they’re gathered. On shore, her hobbies include writing novels and weaving chainmail.

Dr. Natalie Umling

Natalie Umling is a post-doctoral fellow from at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City researching past and present climate through coral samples. On this cruise, she will be curating sediment cores. She’s a researcher at heart – any time she takes a trip, she looks up all the ways to get around and all the interesting local attractions.

Dr. Tom Williams

Tom is a post-doc at the University of Florida at Gainseville, attached to CROCCA-2S to study the core samples gathered. He is researching the trace element neodymium, interested in deep water circulation around Antarctica and its relationship with climate. This is his first time on an American cruise, so he’s interested to see how it’s different from a British cruise.

Dr. Yingzhe Wu

Yingzhe Wu is a post doc at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, run by Columbia University. Her specialty is in calibrating isotope gechemistry, specifically neodymium, as a tracer for ocean circulation patterns. The cruise on the Thompson is her first.