January 7, 2007
Several times this cruise we have had a meeting of all the scientists to discuss current data and outcomes. Today we were briefed about ocean cycles and Earth history applications. Both discussions were very interesting and I learned allot that I will be taking back to my students when I return. The chief scientist, Steve, and the chief chemist, Art, have been very helpful in my education on board. Since my experience at sea was very limited, both have taken extra time to lead me through the mechanics of ship life, oceanography, and modern analytical chemistry methods. New horizons are constantly being explored and I can see many opportunities for application later. Both are patient teachers of a complex trade. After the meeting, I spent some time with laundry and general cleanup. Lab activity is low at this time because site 7 was very limited on core collection. The sediment at this location was very thin and samples few. We have now begun to move to site 9 further south. Site 8 will be skipped because of limited time. We are anticipating heavier seas and the day will be spent double-checking all lab items to insure they are secured.