Author Archives: David Malmquist

About David Malmquist

David Malmquist is the Director of Communications at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary.

Dec 22: Casey Station

Post by VIMS graduate student Mar Arroyo. 17 – 22 Dec 2016 (66° 17’S, 110° 32’E) Land ho! We reached Casey research station for the refuel and resupply effort. The Aurora is anchored in Newcombe Bay, and passengers are taken to land in inflatable rubber boats (IRBs). Casey is home to roughly 100 people in summer … Continue reading “Dec 22: Casey Station” Continue reading

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Nov 25: The Spirit of Sydney

Post by W&M undergraduate Domi Paxton. With the start of the diurnal tide on November 21, Kim and I have gone out sampling every day that we can. We have had several successful days, completing all 26 GPS points on our sampling grid. In addition to good sampling, we have been able to see lots of … Continue reading “Nov 25: The Spirit of Sydney” Continue reading

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November 23: Gliders

Post by W&M undergraduate Domi Paxton. The other day I went out with the phytoplankton group from the Rutgers University Coastal Ocean Observational Lab to release one of their Slocum Gliders. Gliders are released in harsh environments (like Antarctica) to make real-time observations when it is too dangerous to send out a human. They measure things … Continue reading “November 23: Gliders” Continue reading

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Nov 13: Freshies

Post by W&M undergraduate Domi Paxton. Several things were in the works at Palmer Station this week. The RV Laurence M. Gould docked at station to bring two new scientists who are studying birds down here in Antarctica. The Gould only stayed for a day, as it needed to continue on to conduct a research cruise with … Continue reading “Nov 13: Freshies” Continue reading

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Nov 1: Boating Training

Post by W&M undergraduate Domi Paxton. Due to some of our sampling destinations being outside the normal 2-mile boating limit this year, Kim and I were required to participate in additional boating training. We have the boating limit here at Palmer Station because of the amount of time it takes for help to reach you in … Continue reading “Nov 1: Boating Training” Continue reading

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October 28: Krill!

Post by W&M undergraduate Domi Paxton. Luckily, there was a break in the high winds and sea ice, so Kim and I were able to accomplish several things this past week! We were able to go out sampling a few times, allowing me to learn more about our equipment and earn some boating experience. So far … Continue reading “October 28: Krill!” 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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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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