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Who's on the Bridge?

09/12/2011, 9:06 PM by Lollie Garay
Second Mate on the Bridge!<br/><br/>Credit: Adriane Colburn
Second Mate on the Bridge!
Photo Credit: Adriane Colburn


 Adriane ventured up to the bridge a couple of days ago and had a chance to talk with Second Mate Heather. Heather has the Noon – 4PM and midnight to 4AM shift every day! Her jobs include driving the ship and keeping the charts up-to date.

 According to Adriane, Heather attended the Chicago Maritime Academy right out of high school. When asked why she chose this field of work (which is not very typical for a woman), she said she had gone on a cruise when she was 15 years old, and had wanted to work on a ship ever since. Heather works for Scripps and spends about 7.5 months at sea a year, mostly on the Melville and the Revelle. In her time at sea she has gone to some amazing places including Antarctica, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, India and of course, the plume! I’ll just bet someday we’ll see her as the captain on a ship!!

 You’ll notice a funny photo with someone shining a light into a vat of seawater. Jason Landrum (working with the Steinberg Team) is trying to use light to lure the zooplankton away from the phytoplankton. When a sample is brought up in the plankton nets, the phytoplankton and zooplankton got all snarled up together and the team was having a hard time separating them. They finally resorted to using light to attract some of the copepods away from the phytoplankton so they could get an accurate count. (How do you count those tiny little creatures??)

 The team has also been having some problems with the tentacles of the MOCNESS tangling underwater, making for some bad sampling.  They’re trying to work out the kinks and hope for better luck! (There is a short video clip of the MOCNESS in the Education pages).

 We’ll end with a bit of trivia. Notice the image of the ship’s bell dated 1969- that’s the year the Melville was built. But a really interesting fact is that it was in the 1970’s version of King Kong!!!

 More from the Steinberg Team tomorrow!






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