Author Archives: Christopher Katella

January 17 – On the Open Seas

Post from William & Mary undergraduate student Kharis Schrage When our research team set off from Palmer Station last week, I’d like to think the real research began. Our cruise has scientists from all over the United States studying a variety of topics, from marine mammals to hydrology, phytoplankton, and our team’s focus on zooplankton. Along with our … Continue reading “January 17 – On the Open Seas”

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January 5 – CTD Stations

Post by VIMS Graduate Student Mar Arroyo 1 – 5 Jan 2017 65° 7’ S, 121° 19’ E The CTD rosette is a large metal frame with mounted sensors for Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth (along with any additional sensors such as chlorophyll, oxygen, turbidity, etc). Around the edges are 24 heavy duty plastic Niskin bottles that … Continue reading “January 5 – CTD Stations” Continue reading

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January 6 – Preparing for science at Palmer Station, Antarctica

Post by VIMS Graduate Student Tricia Thibodeau After a successful crossing of the Drake Passage we finally arrived at the Antarctic Peninsula! We lucked out and had a very smooth crossing and the Drake Passage was jokingly referred to as the Drake Lake among everyone on the ship. Hopefully, we’ll receive the same seas on … Continue reading “January 6 – Preparing for science at Palmer Station, Antarctica” Continue reading

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Dec. 30 to Jan. 5 – Dalton Polynya and Totten Glacier (almost…)

Post by VIMS Graduate Student Mar Arroyo 30 Dec 2016 – 5 Jan 2017 65° 7’ S, 121° 19’ E Dalton Polynya and Totten Glacier (almost…) After leaving Casey research station, we’ve spent a few days steaming east in open water or crunching through sea ice to reach our next stop two stops: the Dalton … Continue reading “Dec. 30 to Jan. 5 – Dalton Polynya and Totten Glacier (almost…)” Continue reading

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January 1 – Ringing in the New Year

Post by VIMS Graduate Student Tricia Thibodeau To ring in the new year, we did a bingo night where people donate prizes and then we play a couple rounds of bingo to win them. Joe and I from the zooplankton lab won some rounds, yay! We won some soup, temporary tattoos, gum, and chapstick–the ultimate prize pack ;-). … Continue reading “January 1 – Ringing in the New Year” Continue reading

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January 1: PAL-LTER Expedition Underway!

Post by VIMS Graduate Student John “Jack” Conroy. 1 January 2017 11:29 pm local 59° 22.081’ S 62° 38.215’ W Happy New Year! I left Virginia after breakfast last Tuesday and arrived in Punta Arenas, Chile in time for a late Wednesday dinner. This small port city at the end of South America hosts the … Continue reading “January 1: PAL-LTER Expedition Underway!” Continue reading

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December 27: Christmas

Post by VIMS graduate student Mar Arroyo. 27 Dec 2016 22:07 – 65° 19’ S, 109° 5’ E Merry Christmas! When is the best time to celebrate Christmas, if not Dec 25th? Two days later on a ship stuck in the ice! The voyage leaders and watercraft operators were working hard to finish off the final … Continue reading “December 27: Christmas” Continue reading

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Dec 09: Getting Underway!

Post by VIMS graduate student Mar Arroyo. Date: 09 Dec 2016 Time: 23:03 Location: 47° 10’ S, 144° 22’ E Hello there! I’ve officially set sail on the RV Aurora Australis, a bright orange ice breaker. This ship is massive, at 311 feet in length and a capacity to hold 116 passengers. There are about 50 expedition participants, and … Continue reading “Dec 09: Getting Underway!” Continue reading

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Meet our 2016-2017 VIMS Bloggers

During the next few months, VIMS scientists will be providing an inside look into their experiences as they visit the waters around Antarctic on research expeditions. Mar Arroyo, a first-year VIMS graduate student affiliated with Dr. Elizabeth Shadwick’s laboratory, will take part in a cruise to East Antarctica from mid-December through January. Meanwhile, researchers led by Dr. … Continue reading “Meet our 2016-2017 VIMS Bloggers” Continue reading

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