We Blogged It!
July 29, 2012
The ANACONDAS Team is back in port in Barbados at the end of a very successful cruise! Laurie Chong reported yesterday that the previous 30 hours were spent on a “rather intense schedule”, finishing up the last four sampling stations. After that, the ship became a hub of activity as the packing of equipment and samples began.
However, the team carved out a little time for fun too. A traditional “spa night” on deck included mud facials, back massage, manicures and tattoo painting. And Friday the Equator Crossing ceremony was held - “Pollywogs” (those who had not crossed the equator before) became “Shellbacks” as they were initiated into a unique group of people.
As the team wraps up their journey, I’ll be posting only a few more blogs. The river team’s Brian Zielinski reports that they’re heading to Belem to continue sampling, so I hope to get an update from them.
Additionally, Kristine Okimura, a member of Ed Carpenter’s team from San Francisco responded to questions sent in by students from Texas earlier in the week, so I’ll be posting her answers and the accompanying pictures she sent.
Before it’s all over, I’d like to give special thanks to the team members who were my “eyes and ears” on the ship and shared their reports and images for this blog. You met Laurie Chong in one of the first posts. Jason Landrum, a postdoctoral fellow in the Montoya Lab supplied many of the excellent images from the field.
Jason is a biological oceanographer with a background in marine ecology and stable isotope biogeochemistry. Jason is interested in understanding the role of diazotrophs in the Amazon River plume, as well as the impact of mesozooplankton (both direct and indirect) on diazotroph activity, nutrient cycling, and biological production in oceanic ecosystems.
Aboard the R/V Atlantis, he performed stable isotope tracer experiments (N2-fixation and CO2-fixation rates); collected water samples for nutrient analysis ashore, collected and filtered/separated suspended particles and mesozooplankton for natural abundance isotope measurements, and assisted in many of the various ongoing deck operations.
Jason has also fostered a growing interest in how humans address environmental problems. Specifically, he is interested in the social processes that facilitate human adaptation to global change, the influence of international environmental accords on relations between countries, and the role scientific communities play in the formation and implementation of domestic and international environmental policies. Next year, he will participate in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program. Through this program, Jason will be working at NOAA ‘s Marine Debris Program (MDP), whose task is to help eliminate marine debris in the world's oceans.
Big thanks also go out to Jeff Richey and Brian from the RioROCA team for use of their images and the updates; and to AB Lance Wills onboard the Atlantis.
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Question of the Day
- Do the bacteria in the water make us sick?
Only a few of them. Bacteria are in every habitat on Earth, growing in soil, hot springs, radioactive waste, water, as well as in organic matter and the live bodies of plants and animals. Bacteria recycle nutrients, with many steps in nutrient cycles depending on these organisms, such as nitrogen fixation.