Monthly Archives: October 2011

Oct 31: Connections in a small field

There really aren’t that many of us out there – us being systematists and taxonomists interested in the relationships and classification of fishes. Think for instance, how many people around the world there are in any other industry – the … Continue reading

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Oct 28: What’s In a Name?

A portion of what we are interested in doing on this trip is no less than a cornerstone of the Biological Sciences. Everyone remembers, or at least should, from middle school Biology, the Linnaean Hierarchy. As formally defined, this hierarchy … Continue reading

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Oct 24: Echo Sounder

Posting by VIMS post-doctoral researcher Kim Bernard. Our echo sounder, or DT-X as its manufacturer Biosonics call it, sends sound waves out at a frequency of 120 kilohertz (kHz). The sound waves bounce off animals, like krill, in the water and return to the echo sounder. The acoustic returns are logged and later analyzed. The … Continue reading “Oct 24: Echo Sounder” Continue reading

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Oct 23: The Polar Plunge

Post by W&M undergraduate Domi Paxton. We’ve had an exciting week here at Palmer Station! First and foremost, the ‘polar plunge’ was completed as the Laurence M. Gould pulled away. All participants stripped down into bathing suits and jumped from the boating pier into the freezing Southern Ocean. Your whole body instantly goes numb so the water … Continue reading “Oct 23: The Polar Plunge” Continue reading

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Oct 23: Time Travel

We just completed our first leg of our trip—on Friday we finished up at the Zoological Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. Working generally 10:30 am to 8:00 pm every day in a 60-square foot X-ray room/darkroom/visitor lab, Casey and I … Continue reading

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Oct 19: Why Sturgeons?

After a long series of flights, including a trans-Atlantic ride to Paris on the new Airbus A380, we arrived in St. Petersburg, Russia on Sunday evening. The Airbus A380 is known as the “Big One.” It is definitely big, and … Continue reading

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October 15: The Voyage to Palmer

Post by W&M undergraduate Domi Paxton After 9 days of traveling, I finally arrived at Palmer Station, Antarctica! I flew from Dulles International Airport down to Santiago, Chile and then landed in Punta Arenas, Chile to await my voyage by sea, aboard the Laurence M. Gould research vessel. I am working on a zooplankton acoustics project … Continue reading “October 15: The Voyage to Palmer” Continue reading

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Museum Sturgeon Blogs

VIMS researchers Eric Hilton and Casey Dillman will leave VIMS on October 15 for a 3-and-a-half-week expedition to visit sturgeon collaborators and collections at the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg; the Moscow University Collection in Moscow; the Danube Delta National Institute in Tulcea, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Oct 8: Back to Antarctica

VIMS post-doctoral research associate Kim Bernard will be returning to the U.S. Palmer Research Station on the Antarctica Peninsula for another field season beginning in mid-October. Traveling with her is W&M undergraduate Domi Paxton. Their research, part of the ongoing … Continue reading Continue reading

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Oct 5: Museum Sturgeon Blogs

VIMS researchers Eric Hilton and Casey Dillman will leave VIMS on October 15 for a 3-and-a-half-week expedition to visit sturgeon collaborators and collections at the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg; the Moscow University Collection in Moscow; the Danube Delta National Institute in Tulcea, … Continue reading

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