At-sea research


Seabird Survivor Game

10.10.2016 in At-sea research, Education

We’ve enjoyed following Catherine Pham’s journeys as she studied seabirds out at-sea over the last year. This past week, Catherine flew all the way from Hawaii to Anchorage, Alaska… and then boarded another flight to St. Paul Island in time for Bering Sea Days. Bering Sea Days is a weeklong…

The Arctic Eis Team

11.12.2015 in At-sea research, Education

We’ve discussed in the past how important teamwork and collaboration is for research. Ship-based research is often an extreme example of collaborative work.

Data analysis…

02.12.2015 in At-sea research, Education

We’ve learnt a lot about doing seabird surveys at-sea.  But, what happens after you’ve collected all those data?  Maybe this is when the hard work really starts?  Catherine Pham (above) explains:

That’s all folks!

04.09.2015 in At-sea research, Education

We are out of candy, so we are heading in to Wainwright. Well, we are out of candy, but that’s not why we are heading in to Wainwright. The 2015 AMBON cruise is coming to an end on Saturday.

Charismatic microfauna

01.09.2015 in At-sea research, Education

Seabirds are charismatic megafauna—they are large animals that have popular appeal due to their cute or beautiful appearance. So what about all the little critters out there? They deserve our attention too, though it may take a microscope to truly appreciate them. I asked planktonologist Caitlin Smoot to tell us…

At Anchor

27.08.2015 in At-sea research, Education

  Early Tuesday morning, we left our study area to head up to Pt. Barrow. Why? Because the marine forecast for our region was calling for 35 knot winds and 12 foot seas.

Walruses, auklets, and brittle stars, oh my!

24.08.2015 in At-sea research, Education

  Walruses are part of that special group of animals that are so ugly they are cute. In more scientific terms, walrus are part of the pinniped clade, which also includes seals and sea lions, and like to eat clams. We have seen quite a few of them over the…

The Night Shift

21.08.2015 in At-sea research, Education, Uncategorized

While the seabird and marine mammal observers sleep at night, other scientists are afoot. At every sample station (red dots on the map), they are on deck deploying gear to collect physical, chemical, and biological samples. The first thing to go into the water at a station is the CTD,…

Life on the R/V Norseman II

17.08.2015 in At-sea research, Education

When you are living and working on a boat, two things stand out—you are stuck on the boat, and that boats can move in multiple directions at the same time! As far as being stuck on a boat goes, the Norseman II is an excellent choice! It is comfortable and…

The Wheelhouse Gang

12.08.2015 in At-sea research, Education

We have been transiting from Prudhoe Bay to our first sample station for the past several days (yellow star in location map above shows current location), and were lucky to start out with glassy seas. Unfortunately, that was not meant to last, and conditions returned to their normal gray, windy, and…


10.08.2015 in At-sea research, Education

What is the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (AMBON) project? The AMBON project is one of three pilot projects whose goal is to help establish a national network to monitor the biodiversity of U.S. waters, from micro-organisms to whales. The AMBON project focuses on the Chukchi Sea, while the other…