SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
March 13, 2014
C251 Web Blog - 13 March 2014
13° 43.2‘N x 061° 24.2‘W
E x S , Force 4
Hello lovely people! Today lets talk about science. While in Bequia there were many wide eyed, coffee fueled students that stayed on board Cramer to work on their research data instead of laying on a Caribbean beach, or exploring the island (which we had done the previous two days). What nerds we are, sailing for science. I do believe we all had our fill of excel spread sheets and figures yesterday. Today we did a CTD deployment, which is used to measure salinity, temperature, and depth. We also deployed my favorite scientific device, the neuston net. In the net we catch zooplankton critters. We measure out the biomass of the sample, then take out all of the floaters, the cool organisms that are greater than 2 cm or those that students are doing their research project on, such as halobates (water insects) and pteropods (sinister swirled shell snails). We then count through 100 individual organisms from the tow and categorize them to give us an indication of the diversity of the area (my project, super awesome!!).
All of the students are starting to see trends in the data we have collected thus far, and we all get excited to see what comes out of the mid-night net tows, making our rounds one-by-one through the lab to check out the goods under the dissection scope while on deck.
The crew has fondly grown to refer to the students, and each other, as animals, as we eat all the time. Don’t worry families, we are well fed and love it. We have an amazing galley crew (Jenny and Bex) who let us eat massive amounts of Nutella and marshmallow fluff, make sure we have what we need if we don’t feel well, and generally make six amazing meals a day.
We are entering into the third phase of the voyage where students will soon have major responsibility while on deck. The reality of the Junior Watch Officer position has crept up on us and its rewarding to realize how much we students have learned over the past 3 weeks.
Jacob, Happy anniversary! Happy birthday Dad and Hannah. Megan, I love you and am sorry I am not there beside you. I am so grateful that I am a part of your life, as you truly bless mine. BFF.