Greetings from Day 4 on the R/V Alucia! We are getting closer to our coral reef study sites and we are preparing for our first dives tomorrow! It’s a choppy day out on the water and we have a strong headwind, but I am enjoying the rolling waves!
This morning, the entire science team met to discuss our overall aims for this cruise, the locations of the reef sites we would like to visit, and the daily sampling/ diving plans for the whole team. The current plan is to have two groups of divers diving in both the morning and the afternoon (4 sites a day). We will have different groups of people diving at both times – needless to say, we will be incredibly busy for the rest of the cruise!
In the afternoon, we also had a mini science symposium to learn about everyone’s research aims, methods, and science needs for the duration of the cruise. Eight of the scientists (including me), gave a 5 minute presentation about what we were studying, what samples we were collecting, and what to expect from us during the cruise.
We spent the rest of the afternoon preparing for our first round of sampling. Only a few more hours of transiting and then we can begin diving!
Highlights from today:
- Salsa dancing in the lab.
- Blasting soundtrack music with Tyler in the lab.
- Soundtrack guessing game with Tyler and Fredy.
- All meals (of course).
- Science presentations and answering questions!
- Getting interviewed.
Thanks for following along!
Mini science symposium on the Alucia!
My soundtrack buddy Tyler! Making labels for Amy’s samples!
A pic of Gerard from yesterday!