In June 2014, I departed South Texas for my 3rd field season in arctic Alaska. I was extremely excited to participate in my first research cruise! I spent 10 days aboard the R/V Norseman II as part of the Benthic Research Team (aka we played in a lot of mud). We collected >1000 infauna and epifauna invertebrates for stable isotope analysis. I never got tired of seeing ice bergs.
I also returned to Kaktovik on Barter Island collect more stable isotope samples for my masters thesis and to Direct the Kaktovik Oceanography Program for my 2nd year.
Enjoy the photos!
Norseman II Research Cruise in the Beaufort Sea – 2014
America’s Best Idea
Ken’s chocolate rations… will they last 8 days?
We have never been so safe
Filter station ready to go
Sediment Chemistry prep tray
Sorted and waiting to be IDed!
The iso samples accumulate…
CTD about to deploy
Collected water from the CTD
Christina on invert “picking” duty
Dan on wash duty
Filter station all ready for the next station
I’m not saying Night Shift if the best shift, but I’m not, not saying it either
The best friends are the friends that will stay up at 4am to help you sort and bag 2000 isotope samples
A huge storm hit the Arctic Ocean just as we finished out work, so we had to hide out behind Cross Island to weather the storm for a few extra days
The storm delay gave Christina and I plenty of time to create Norseman II Clue!
ICEBERG DEAD AHEAD!
KAKTOVIK OCEANOGRAPHY PROGRAM 2014
Kaktovik Oceanography Program 2014
Flossie demonstrating excellent seining technique
Catch of the day!
Measuring nitrate levels in Kaktovik Lagoon
Showing Flossie and Lenora to use a data sonde
Sculpin in the kid’s aquarium
Troy showing just how big those polar bear prints are!
So many puppies so little time!
Edwin using a discovery scope
Cora is skeptical of my dorsal fin demonstration
Cliff demonstrates a dissection
Dr. Dunton took the older students for a ride on the R/V Proteus
Obligatory Waldo Arms photo
Obligatory pipeline photo in Fairbanks