Category Archives: People

Ocean Veritas – Reflections at the end of a cruise

We are close to wrapping up our sub-surface sampling work in the Gulf of Mexico here on the Ocean Veritas. The last several days have been a haul. We’ve had clear, quiet weather—perfect for sediment sampling—and we have been able … Continue reading

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Pisces – Packin’ it In

The weather turned rough overnight and didn’t improve in the morning.  Gusty winds made operations difficult and dangerous, and since we only had a few more hours till it was time to head for home we decided to call it … Continue reading

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Pisces – Remembering the Men of the Deepwater Horizon

We steamed away from the Deepwater Horizon site at sunset under a cloudless sky.  As the rigs and ships receded over the horizon, it was difficult to picture the very different scenario that was occurring the night of April 20.  … Continue reading

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Pisces – Meet the Chief Scientist

Our chief scientist, Dr. David Valentine, is a professor of Geochemistry at University of California Santa Barbara.  We managed to tear him away from his work long enough to ask him a few questions. How did you get involved in subsurface … Continue reading

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Gyre – We are a sediment sampling machine!

Here on the Gyre we really know how to party. We spent Friday night coring sediment only about 420 meters from the well head, right in among the drilling rigs, ROV boats, standby boats, and supply boats. (Quite the wild … Continue reading

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Ocean Veritas – Remembrance

We had a solid sampling day today; completing five stations and ending our day less than a mile from the well head. We started at over 800 meters deep and went to about 1500 meters so by the end of … Continue reading

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Ocean Veritas – Meet the Chief Scientist

The Ocean Veritas is fortunate to have NOAA scientist Ian Hartwell aboard as chief scientist. With a background in fisheries and marine biology, and specific expertise in environmental toxicology, Hartwell is uniquely qualified for this position. As he puts it, … Continue reading

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