… And thus, the much anticipated Week 7 began with some minor difficulty as the team did a little final packing for the voyage into the Deep South (the check-in case was 4 pounds too heavy)
That’s right, we’re off to the Gulf tomorrow morning!!! Phillies game against the Nationals tonight, a 6:30am flight on Tuesday, then 4 glorious (and hot and sticky) days collecting sand patty samples! (It’s supposed to be high 80s with 75% humidity. Gross) But we’re finally heading out for field work and sunburns! Chris Reddy’s lab from WHOI will be joining us, so we’ll all get to bond over science and samples and stuff. This trip is going to be AWESOME!
Now because this is my first post of the summer, I should probably explain what I’ve been wasting my time on. The first two weeks I was finishing up Sarah’s silica gel project on sand patties DI19 and GP04, which I think went off quite successfully. The rest of the time I’ve been working on a new project that involves Porites coral from Vietnam: using GCMS, Helen and I are trying to quantify concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in pre-industrial (ca.1650), post-industrial (ca.1965), and modern (ca.2004) coral samples. Our collaborator, Nathalie Goodkin, is in Singapore at Nanyang Technological University and working on quantifying the metal contaminants in the coral. It’s pretty cool and we’re actually getting some significant results!
And finally, can I pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease go on a research cruise, too?
Happy belated 4th of July from Philadelphia! (definitely my favorite part of the parade)