Expedition 17

By the numbers

Home Expedition 17 Daily Updates Day 15: By the numbers By the numbers By Marley Parker & Michelle Cusolito After three action-packed weeks aboard the Sarmiento de Gamboa, everyone on board is reflecting on the experience and totaling up all that we accomplished. A view of sunset from the bow of the Sarmiento de Gamboa…

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The great migration

Home Expedition 17 Daily Updates Day 14: The great migration Day 14: The great migration By Michelle Cusolito When we hear the word “migration” we often picture charismatic animals covering vast distances—like wildebeests crossing the Serengeti, or Canada geese flying south for the winter. But did you know that the largest migration on earth happens…

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Capturing carbon

Home Expedition 17 Daily Updates Day 13: Capturing carbon Day 13: Capturing carbon By Marley Parker In school, we learn about the carbon cycle–typically within the context of forests. Through photosynthesis, trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, and when their leaves fall to the ground, they decompose and absorb into soil. Some of the…

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Small but mighty MINIONs

Home Expedition 17 Daily Updates Day 12: Small but mighty MINIONs Day 12: Small but mighty MINIONs By Marley Parker On a bright, breezy morning, six of us stand on the aft deck holding Pyrex tubes full of 3D-printed materials, wires, and circuit boards. As the wind whips our faces, Jackson Sugar works with Bosun…

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Three ships are better than one

Home Expedition 17 Daily Updates Day 11: Three ships are better than one Day 11: Three ships are better than one By Marley Parker Imagine you’re planning an oceanographic expedition. You need to pinpoint the right place in the ocean at the ideal time of year and secure funding for an appropriate vessel. Then you…

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Back to Work! Meet researcher John San Soucie

Home Expedition 17 Daily Updates Day 10: Back to work! Meet researcher John San Soucie Day 10: Back to work! By Marley Parker After a few days of weathering rough seas, science operations aboard the Sarmiento de Gamboa are back in full swing. Technicians aboard the Sarmiento de Gamboa deploy the first CTD rosette after…

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Hitting the wall

Home Expedition 17 Daily Updates Day 9: Hitting the wall Day 9: Hitting the wall By Marley Parker “Does anyone have an extra ratchet strap?” Erin Frates calls out to the room at large. “I do!” Michelle Cusolito says. With bad weather approaching, we are suspending science operations and hunkering down. Co-lead scientist Heidi Sosik…

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Weird & wonderful creatures of the MOCNESS

Home Expedition 17 Daily Updates Day 8: Weird & wonderful creatures of the MOCNESS Day 8: Weird & wonderful creatures of the MOCNESS By Michelle Cusolito Members of the science team and the ship’s crew huddle around buckets and trays in the wet lab. They’ve gathered to admire the animals brought back from the deep…

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Turning science into stories

Home Expedition 17 Daily Updates Day 7: Turning science into stories Day 7: Turning science into stories By Marley Parker Michelle Cusolito is an author and educator with a passion for sharing the wonders of the natural world with young people. This is her first oceanographic research expedition.  Michelle Cusolito on the aft deck of…

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In full bloom

Home Expedition 17 Daily Updates Day 6: In full bloom Day 6: In full bloom By Michelle Cusolito It’s obvious we’ve traveled north because the sun rises earlier now than it did in Spain. By 7am, the main lab is already filled with bright light that reflects off the waves outside. Co-chief scientist Heidi Sosik…

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