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Photos from the 2017 R/V Pelican Cruise

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The students had a successful cruise aboard the R/V Pelican! Stay tuned to hear from the students about their experience.

 

Welcome 2017 REU Students!

Today our students gave their week 1 elevator speeches and they did great. We are very excited for what this summer holds.

 

ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting

Dr. Lisa Campbell, Director of REU: Observing the Ocean, and 5 of the Summer 2016 REU students attended the ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, HI from Feb 27- Mar 3, 2017.  Ashley Davis and Mandy Frazier gave very professional talks in the Undergraduate Research session chaired by Dr. Lisa Rom (NSF program manager for our REU program).   Nathan Lanning, Veronica De Pascuale, and Chase Martin presented excellent posters in the poster sessions for their topics.

Davis, A. N.; F. Shamberger, K. E.; Roark, E. B.; Baco, A. R.; Brooks, J.; Miller, K.: CHARACTERIZATION OF CARBONATE SATURATION HORIZONS NEAR DEEP-SEA CORAL BEDS IN THE NORTHWESTERN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

Frazier, A. J.; Klein, A.; Sweet, S.: CONTAMINATION IN THE BENTHIC MARINE ECOSYSTEM: MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA

Lanning, N. T.; Jensen, L. T.; Sherrell, R. M.; Fitzsimmons, J. N.: SIZE PARTITIONING OF DISSOLVED TRACE METALS INTO SOLUBLE AND COLLOIDAL FRACTIONS IN SEA ICE, SNOW AND MELT PONDS OF THE WESTERN ARCTIC OCEAN

De Pascuale, V.; Whitaker, E. A.; Doyle, S.; Sylvan, J. B.: QUANTIFICATION OF FUNCTIONAL GENES FOR HYDROCARBON DEGRADATION IN THE MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES OF COASTAL WATER MESOCOSMS

Martin, T. C.: MODELING AND ANALYSIS OF MOORING/BUOY DESIGN FOR UPPER KUROSHIO EXTENSION

Photos from the R/V Pelican Cruise in June!

REU students had a successful cruise on the R/V Pelican in June.

 

R/V Pelican Cruise Blog

Howdy!

June has just come to a close and research is in full swing. My research with phytoplankton and oil spills has encountered a few unexpected delays, but that’s science. This week we went on the glider cruise aboard the R/V Pelican. It was super cool! We took a lot of samples using a rosette, flew the acrobat and deployed a couple of gliders. When the water samples from the rosette came back up from different depths, we all quickly began to prep the samples for dissolved oxygen, nutrients, and salinity measurements. I was on the cruise for a full day and it really gave me a taste of what life on a research vessel would be like. I really had a good time on this cruise, learned a lot, and got to enjoy excellent food and many dolphin spottings aboard the R/V Pelican.

Ocean days and ocean waves,

Rayna

 

Week 3 Blog

We just finished up week 3! The past few weeks I have been doing a lot of background research, and sorting through files on my project that is looking at the effects of oil spills on phytoplankton communities. More specifically, we are investigating the degradation of chlorophyll when phytoplankton are in the presence of oil and the chemicals used to clean up oil spills. This is important to understand because phytoplankton are the primary producers of the ocean and not only sequester carbon, but also support the fisheries of the Gulf. Next week I’ll be analyzing some previously collected data as well as creating some fluorescence matrices which should give us some answers about this degradation. After that, I will be hitting the lab, which I am very excited for! Texas in the summer has kept me sweating, but it’s always fun to jump in the pool after a good day of research!

Peace, love and phytoplankton.

-Rayna

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