Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Tonight I watched my last sunset at sea as we deployed the mini rosette for the last time. I will miss the experiences at sea, but I am glad to be done because the mini rosette gets a little heavy after a while.
I would like to thank NSF for funding the cruise and experiments. Also a big thank you to the crew of the R/V Endeavor for keeping the ship on track, helping collect our samples, and providing fabulous meals. Thank you Mercury Team for teaching me more lab procedures in 11 days than I ever would learn in a class room. Thank you Dr. Hammerschmidt for allowing me to work with you while I work on my masters. Lastly, thank you Tristan for helping filter the water I will use in my experiments/analysis.
Front row left to right: Lisa Romas, Katlin Bowman, Michael Finiguerra, Amina Schartup, Lynne Butler, Dr. Maria Andersson
Thank you to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for funding this research cruise on the biogeochemistry of mercury in the oceans!!!
If it were not for this organization, we could never have afforded to conduct such unprecedented research. The data that we have collected from this research cruise promise to further advance the current state of knowledge on (methyl)mercury in the Atlantic Ocean and its sediments.
I also want to thank all of the crew members, whom have been so very helpful and kind throughout our trip. Thank you for working so hard and sharing your stories with us! Perhaps we will see you again on another cruise in the future.
Thank you to the entire scientific party. It has been incredible getting to know some of the most intelligent and proficient scientists in the mercury field. Everyone has been so caring and I have had a blast conducting research with you all. We must keep in touch!
Finally, I would like to give special thanks to Dr. Chad Hammerschmidt and Dr. William Fitzgerald. Both of you did a phenomenal job with logistics, guidance, and enabling us to efficiently and effectively collect samples. I, as I am sure everyone else, recognize the tremendous amount of time and effort you put in to make this a very successful research cruise!
All too soon we will be back at port in RI…tomorrow afternoon! We have a lot of packing to do and our final station to complete before we can return home.
My sincerest gratitude to you all,
Monday, August 25, 2008
We have been sending Styrofoam cups down with the box corer and rosettes in a mesh bag. The high pressure (about 320 atmospheres or 4700 psi where we sampled from) near the ocean floor pushes all of the air out of the Styrofoam and shrinks the cup; so the cup on the left was the size of the cup on the right when we started! We write and decorate the cups before they go down. This one is for you Bowman family, it went down 3176 meters :)