August 25, 2009
By the time we awoke we were back in the Bay and headed toward our dock. It has been an amazing experience for me. I have learned so much. I can't wait to share with my students. Having an experience like this will regenerate me for years to come.
I would like to thank The National Science Foundation for funding The ARMADA Project through the University of Rhode Island and all the staff that has worked so hard to make this possible for me; Gail, Sara, Andrea and Romy. Ya'll are the best! I appreciate Dr. Brandon Dugan from Rice University for allowing me to share in the experience. I hope that I helped out just a little bit in comparison to what I learned. Jake Siegel, you are going to make an awesome teacher and I hope that you won't wait until you are old and gray to become one. From the University of New Mexico: Dr. Mark Person and graduate student, Whitney Defoor, and Dr. Daniel Lizarralde and Nat Miller from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, your patience in answering all my questions was appreciated more than you'll ever know. The others on the ship from Scripts Oceanographic Institute: Brandi Murphy, Lee Ellett, and Jim Dorrance, from the USGS: Brent Taylor and Emile Bergerson, from LGL Limited: Meike Holst, Frances Robertson, and Lee Sheppard as well as Captain Rhett McMunn and the crew of the R/V ENDEAVOR, I can't thank you enough for all that you did to make me more knowledgeable of the sea, marine mammals, and ships.
Amanda Wright and Michael Brennan, your cooking was fabulous!
To Jim, Jenny, Jason, JJ, Laura Ann, and Amanda - thanks for all your encouragement and love.
To Creekside School: especially Dr. Lomax. I could not have gone on this amazing experience without your support. You are the best!
Time to go home but not to forget these last 14 days.