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Packing it Up- Ready to go??

05/17/2010, 11:30 AM by Lollie Garay
Redd School students listen to Dr. Yager explain where the Amazon plume is.<br/><br/>Credit: Lollie Garay
Redd School students listen to Dr. Yager explain where the Amazon plume is.
Photo Credit: Lollie Garay

The international ANACONDAS and ROCA research teams are coming together from different parts of the globe. However, at this writing they’re all probably doing the same thing: frantically packing and getting those last minute details organized!

Led by PI Dr. Tish Yager (University of Georgia/Athens), the sea-going team includes 32 aquatic and marine scientists who will study the Amazon Plume, from the mouth and out to the open sea onboard the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Research Vessel Knorr. ANACONDAS is the acronym for the Amazon iNfluence on the Atlantic: CarbOn export from Nitrogen fixation by DiAtom Symbosis. ROCA stands for River Ocean Continuum of the Amazon.

The teams will combine field work with satellite and modeling studies as they investigate the unique ecology of the Amazon plume which extends up to 1 million square miles offshore from the river. In particular, they are studying the relationship between microorganisms, nutrient cycles, and CO2 uptake in the river-ocean continuum. I’ll have more details on the team and their work in upcoming journals!

So who am I and what am I doing? My name is Lollie Garay and I’m a middle school science teacher at Redd School in Houston, TX. I’ll be the “blog-meister”during our voyage ☺ When I’m not posting updates and cool images, I’ll be working in the lab processing samples, measuring CO2, and conducting my own research into the science of this project.

Dr. Yager and I met on a previous expedition to the Antarctic Seas onboard the icebreaker Oden (PolarTREC, 2007). Since then we have been working collaboratively on developing a global oceans classroom curriculum based on her research. An integral part of our work, and a passion we both share, is promoting ocean literacy through outreach education. Last week we held a teleconference between middle school students at my school and the Athens Montessori School in Athens where her sons attend school. Dr. Yager narrated a slideshow about the logistics of the project and then had Q &A with students from both schools.

We plan to make several calls to classrooms, summer camps and professional groups during our cruise, as well as a Live Event hosted by the ARCUS/PolarTREC program. (Stay tuned for more information on that!) Additionally, there’s a great “Send us a message” link on the home page where you can post your comments and questions! We hope to hear from you!


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