ES 546 – Tropical Oceanography of the Caribbean Sea with Professors Murray (BU) and Lavender (SEA)

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Students are involved in all matters pertaining to sail- and ship handling. Loading...
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Assistant Scientists lecturing on Winkler titration for dissolved oxygen in seawater. Wearing silly hats has been shown to improve the quality of the measurements.
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Our (temporary) home away from home. Loading...
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Deployment of the Shipek grab for geological sampling.
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Healthy eating in the saloon/dining room. Loading...
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Dolphins racing ahead of the bow-wave, viewed through the bowspirit rigging.
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The challenge of eating on a moving ship! Loading...
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A view looking aft from very front of the bowspirit.
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SSV Corwith Cramer, on the pier in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Loading...
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Students arriving on the ship in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.
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Students arriving at the ship in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Loading...
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A stowaway, blown off course, finds a temporary resting spot with us.
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Deployment of the Conductivity-Temperature-Depth (CTD) to measure water column properties to water depths of 1000’s of meters. Loading...
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Deployment of the carousel.
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Deployment of the McLane Pump, which can pump 100’s of liters of seawater, in order to sample phyto- and zoo-plankton, from various depths in the water. Loading...
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Deployment of the neuston net, to sample the biological composition of the surface water.
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Students working on their reports in the library using the networked computers. Loading...
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Working on the characterization of CDOM (Colored Dissolved Organic Matter) as part of a joint project with NASA to help calibrate remote sensing algorithms.
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Showing off a sample of Halobates, a marine surface spider, gathered from a neuston tow. Loading...
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After a few weeks at sea, we all think of family ashore!
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Being at sea is also quite peaceful, when off-watch. Loading...
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Co-Chief Scientist Dr. Kara Lavender does a final check of Niskin sample bottles, CTD, and PAR sensor on the carousel prior to deployment.
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Preparing to deploy the phytoplankton net to sample the uppermost waters. Loading...
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Students meet regularly with their watch to discuss recent events and prepare for future operations.
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Working in the lab on recently gathered samples from the meter net. Loading...
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Captain Elliot Rappaport gives a meterology lecture. Daily reports from Science, Engineering, and Deck are provided by students and staff members alike.
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Daily Science Reports keep the entire ship’s company of students, faculty, and staff abreast of ongoing research progress. Loading...
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Students are allowed to climb the rigging when weather conditions permit…being aloft is a choice location for sunset viewing!
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The sample compartment of the Shipek grab sampler documents recovery of carbonate sediment and a carbonate encrusted conch shell from Pedro Bank. Loading...
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A carbonate encrusted conch shell, Pedro Bank, northwestern Caribbean Sea.
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Sieving carbonate sediment from the Pedro Bank, northwestern Caribbean Sea. Loading...
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Daily Science Reports keep the entire ship’s company of students, faculty, and staff abreast of ongoing research progress.
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On a sailing vessel outfitted for oceanographic research, the laboratory is never very far from the sea… Loading...
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Onward to the next oceanographic station!
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Students take part in every aspect of the ship’s operation. Here, a weekly inventory of peanut butter! Loading...
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At the helm on a typical evening.
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Students in the saloon (dining area) working on their final projects. Loading...
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Science must move! …note left foot in bucket, soaking off an inadvertent jelly fish sting.
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A variety of Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish, sampled from surface waters. Loading...
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Large mats of Sargussum seaweed, along with marine fish, are brought together by converging ocean currents.
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Students aloft in the rigging, on a typically sunny Caribbean day. Loading...
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Once a week the entire ship’s company of students, faculty, and staff perform “Field Day,” in which the entire ship from stern to stern is scrubbed clean.
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Coiling the lines…an ongoing need on a sailing vessel. Loading...
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Part of a 3+ week of supply of fruits and vegetables, laid out for final inventory prior to departure from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.
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Caribbean sunset. Loading...
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Up in the rigging, on the lower yardarm during a downwind sail.
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Caribbean sunset. Loading...
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Final presentation, “Distribution of Halobates in the Caribbean Sea.”
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Searching for the “Green Flash” at sunset, Caribbean Sea. Loading...
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Students help in all aspects of ship life, including the galley.
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Evening conversation at the helm, BU Professor and BUMP Director, Dr. Rick Murray and student. Loading...
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Students perform a Winkley titration to measure dissolved oxygen in seawater gathered from the Niskin bottles on the carousel. Wearing silly hats can improve the quality of the measurements.