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Is there time to analyize, reflect and discuss findings while you are at sea?

Posted on October 24 2012

Question submitted by Packer Collegiate Institute

Working aboard a boat means living 24/7 in close quarters with everyone else, so there is a lot of time for the scientists aboard to analyze, reflect and discuss findings with their colleagues, probably even more than with scientists in shore labs.  For the rest of the crew, there are classes four afternoons a week where there are science updates.  Often the class topic is an update on one of the science projects aboard.  All the people aboard who are volunteer crew spend time assisting with the science during their watches.  With the study of plastics in the ocean being the focus of this cruise, any deployment of nets or interesting find draws a crowd of interested people and is the topic of discussion for days.