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Research starts at the bottom of the Santa Barbara basin today. As an educator on board I am assigned in the first few days of the cruise to learn as much as possible about the research techniques. Happily, I can tell you that every researcher I’ve talked to over the two long days has openly shared what their scientific goals are. Without hesitation, as I’ve moved from one conversation to the next, every last one of them has taken the time to explain their agendas and previous knowledge on their specialties. Passion about their line of work is so clearly obvious, and the excitement one sees from them as new samples were pulled from the cold muck of Santa Barbara basin cannot be overlooked. What I want to challenge my students to think about today is simply what are they passionate about. What, when someone brings it up, could you talk about for endless amounts of time. What do you want to share with others? What can’t you keep inside because you’re so proud you know about it. I’m convinced that everyone has that something. For nine days I’ll be surrounded by individuals who’s something ranges from planktonic fish that inhabit the pelagic zones of the Pacific, to scientists that covered in ancient sediment wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. It’s powerful to watch, and I feel privileged to be apart of that.
Some highlights of day would include my time on the deck helping launch and recover several sediment coring samples. The day started very early, around 05:00. We watched the sun rise to a box core lowering into the sea. I spent a good deal of time learning the ropes on how to load and unload coring equipment from the vessel. Hard hat and life jacket were equipped most of day on deck. I can say that I was impressed by the coring samples themselves as they came on board. It’s impressive to see sediment that was laid down so long ago. To see material that had not seen daylight for close to 2,000 years ago is a sight one in my field of work rarely gets to see. From all the Kasten core, and box core samples collected today scientists from all areas converged to collect samples and focus in on their own area of expertise. A great example of scientific collaboration and work towards a common goal of advancing knowledge.
I won’t lie, and say I’m not tired, because I am. Excitement is keeping me going for now. Science can be exhausting.