Tonight I became nocturnal. This is an experiment in itself. For the past three days we have been living with the diurnal. This evening we get to experience science after the sun sets. Hopefully my sleep pattern can be adjusted and I’ll make it through to morning. My prediction is that the excitement and samples coming in will allow that to happen without interruption by sleep.
It’s been impressive as I’ve said in previous tweets on board, how friendly and open everyone is about their research. I’m watching right now a paleogeologist respond to blog questions from my students back at Midpark High School. He has dedicated that time to share his knowledge, and I’m impressed by that. In passing I’ve stumbled into conversation with almost all the researchers, and I actually learned how to chart and locate the ship position on a sea chart. That’s the kind of think that has impressed me most about the researchers. They are totally willing to teach us. The remarkable part of this whole cruise, on the research end, is each scientist is working in their own discipline. However, each is contributing to a common goal. Ultimately, helping to explain what changes have occurred and are occurring to the local history and ecology of the Santa Barbara basin.
I’ve taken a small sea nap in an attempt to make it through to 05:00 hrs on Wednesday. I’m excited to see what the night crew has been collecting and hopefully get myself involved with the science of it as well. I’ll let you all know.