July 10, 2009
59° 49.83 N
In the lab by 06:00 with a cup of coffee and two chocolate chip cookies, I helped Matt to sample from the morning prod cast of the CTD and run the filtrations in the forward van. Back in the main lab, Matt worked on some more figures from the 2009 cruises while Pat began to type up our portion of the final TN-250 cruise report.
Since I could not help either one of them with their endeavors, I did what I do best. I wandered around the ship talking to people, absorbing everything I could, and taking a few pictures along the way. When sorting through my photos yesterday I realized that I have large variety of pictures of the ocean, volcanic islands, CTDs, multi-corers, sediment traps, filtration set-ups, and the like. All will be very useful when I try to explain to my family, friends, and students what was accomplished this summer. What I was lacking, however, were photos of the scientists themselves, the people with whom I have shared over four weeks of my life. With that in mind, I set out to capture the faces behind the science of TN-250.
Tonight will be early night for me. I intend to get up and see one more "night shift" later this evening. The main lab has become a ghost town in the late afternoon and early evening. So much of the science is focused around the prod cast of the CTD in the early morning that by dinner time much of the day's work has been completed. Only four more days 'til Dutch.