I’m back at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography for the final Friday of August before my senior year at Haverford officially begins on Tuesday! And before you ask, the answer is “yes, I did go home to Oregon for a couple of weeks after the NSF REU ended (though it wasn’t very relaxing, I had to take the GRE).” However, I flew back to RI last Friday because I was invited to go on a 6-day research cruise on the R/V Endeavor! (www.gso.uri.edu/rv-endeavor/rv-endeavor)
We left Saturday morning to “investigate the role of estuaries in delivering terrestrial and fossil carbon compounds into the Atlantic Ocean” using CTD (conductivity/temperature/depth), active air and water sampling, and plankton tows. It was a very full cruise, consisting of members from the GSO Lohmann Lab (including me!), from Harvard’s Sunderland Lab, from MIT’s Selin Lab, and from various GSO labs (apparently, going on a research cruise is a graduation requirement!). Here is a quick round of introductions:
I worked with the active air and water sampling group, which made use of polyurethane foam (PUFs) and XAD to sample POPs off the Atlantic coast. We stopped in the Long Island Sound, New York Harbor, New Jersey Shore, Delaware Shore, Chesapeake Bay, and Rhode Island Sound, so we were a busy group! It also was slightly difficult to work in lab when the ship was rolling (and that was on really calm waters with beautiful weather)
However, we also got to have some fun. The rather extensive library supplied me with lots of books to read in the hammocks,
the ice cream fridge was packed,
and we saw dolphins right next to the boat on the last night of the cruise.
So in all, I am very grateful to Rainer and everyone else for letting me join them on this spectacular cruise. It was a fabulous experience, with gorgeous weather and no seasickness (meclizine works really well), and one that I will remember for a long time to come!