Student Work

Before our cruise, classrooms in Ohio sent in great descriptions, artwork, and video about what they thought our cruise would be like!  Be sure to check them out and compare to what life was like.  You can also look at Bill Jones’ blog .

Artwork from middle school classes (go to online album):


High school responses:

A lot of adjectives come to mind for me as I imagine life on a ship. Being on a ship would be fun, exciting, adventurous, and maybe sometimes a little bit lonely. But I think that bigger than all of those common descriptions describing ship life is that huge reality check that it provides you with. Living on a ship, you are confronted with the fact that you are just one small person sitting on top of this expansive world. You can look off the side of your ship, the one you are contained on, and you see the ocean unfold beneath you, complete with fish, whales, plants, coral, and things you couldn’t even begin to fathom. And you are just one person. I think that puts everything into perspective – how insignificant we feel in that moment. Everyone needs to feel that way once in a while. On the land, where humans dominate, it is difficult to remember there is more out there. On a ship in the middle of the ocean, it is not so difficult. The possibilities stretch out before you, going the length of the seemingly endless ocean, and you somehow manage to feel like you can make a fresh start, even if you are small in the grand scheme of things. You feel like anything is possible; all you have to do is break out of your ship, your shell, and dive in. That is life every day on your ship. It is new thoughts, new ideas, new possibilities. It is going beyond narrow views of the world and seeing everything as it could be. Jumping into the depths of that mysterious ocean could be a reality, and then you could know.

Life on a research vessel could be very involved and busy as well as very interesting. It would be full of a hard-working day and very long evenings. A day would be filled with research on a variety of topics, such as species of fish, water sampling, and all sorts of marine life. During the night they might find how the animals act and interact with the ocean at different time periods of the day.  Research that could be conducted on a research vessel could be taking water samples to diving down to collect unidentified particles floating underneath the surface.  Data that could be collected is from in the water itself or even could be recorded from observations in the night sky.  Being in the middle of the ocean would make it easier to observe the night sky due to the lesser number of city lights to illuminate the sky.  It would be pitch black and perfect to look at the stars.  The biologists would use test tubes, beakers, telescopes, under-water cameras, microscopes and even nets and special holding compartments to handle the collected data in.  The research taken from the vessel could be used to help further the study of micro-organisms and fish population to even the cleanliness of the water.  As we all know now that there is new information to help answer some of our most intriguing questions and this will only raise more questions.
Michael, Torrie, Leland, Danielle
Life on a vessel is hard work. The living spaces would be small, you would have little company, and the work would be long. Also, you would have to get used to seeing the same people every day and getting to know them. It just seems like it would be hard to do and not the most enjoyable thing in the world.  A day on a vessel would be very hectic. You would be working like any other day, but with obstacles like: the boat swaying back and forth and storms. A night would be different also because you would have to get used to sleeping with the boat moving. It would be something to adapt to.  They could conduct or do research on marine animals, mammals, and plants. They would be up close and personal with the organisms of the ocean and could do experiments on things if needed. It would be easier for them to take samples of things if needed there also.  On a research vessel, biologists could also take notes on organisms up close. They could do things on it, that they could do on land like interact with marine animals and study the plants in their habitat.  They could use tools like an underwater camera to take pictures, or a microscope to study some plants they have gathered and taken on to the vessel. Or if they wanted to go really extreme, they could take a little submarine deep down into the ocean and see what they would find. Maybe even things we have never discovered. The research could be used and kept so we know what certain species lives are like in the ocean. It also could be used later on in a couple of years to see if any of the organisms have changed, and if they have how so? It could be used to track the adaptations of organisms.

Alec, Monique, Becca, Nick


A day on a research vessel is like spending time with co-workers to collect new data each day. It is designed as a ship used for research and finding new information at sea. The living quarters tend to be cramped and small, and the work long and strenuous. The boat tends to rock back and forth, and seasickness may occur. At night, you sleep of course, but while you are awake at night, you can conduct research on properties like luminescence or fluorescence. The research conducted would contain changes in appearance over time, in case of living things, changes in behavior over time, or whether day or night has any effect. There are many different types of research vessels out there, such as oceanographic, fisheries, naval, polar, and oil exploration. The data collected would vary, but include line graphs in height to resemble growth, or other types of charts to represent different heights of the same plant in certain time of sun exposure. Scientists might use tools like computers, electron microscopes, cameras, test tubes, beakers, graduated cylinders, syringes, a submersible, etc. The research will be used for enhancing medicine, and other prospects of life.

Freddie, Lea, Maddie, Kaylie


Although we’ve never had the experience of being on a research vessel ourselves, we assume it would be fun yet challenging. Being in a somewhat cramped area with other biologists may get frustrating. Personal space would be limited and you may not get along with everyone there. However, as a biologist, your soul intentions are not for friendship, but for research. Having fun while doing science and making discoveries – biologists love doing biology, don’t they? In the day-time, studies on different samples of sea life could be conducted and you could converse with other biologists to compare information. At night, individual research could be done and further experiments can be evaluated. Although there are obviously mealtimes, breaks, and times of rest, we think the biologists would study for as long as it takes to try to solve and find the answer to their questions. Research and data on the behavior of these sea creatures can be collected and analyzed. Using various test tubes, beakers, sampling tools, and microscopes, the research biologists can study their information. The research could be used for new discoveries of all sorts. Information has boundless possibilities. With this new research, more questions appear, setting the stage for even more research to be carried out. The studies on the research vessel could help lead to amazing discoveries and new advances in science.
Trinh, Brianna, Claudia, Katie

A biologist is a type of scientist therefore his look might include a white lab coat and a head full of knowledge. Life on a research vessel is constant, intense work with a lot of researching and studying. You would be out all day researching and you would continue to study when you return at night. Space would be very limited. You would have to get along with everybody you are with because there are so many of you on one boat. At night you would research until you’re basically exhausted. A biologist might want to study marine life while on board a research vessel such as animals, plant life, and bacteria. Some animals a biologist might study are whales, fish, or sting rays. Some plant life a biologist might study are seaweed, anemones, or coral. An example of a type of bacteria a biologist might study is algae. Some tools that might be used are diving equipment, microscopes, and safety goggles. The research will be used to further current knowledge on marine life and to help answer some questions that biologists might have about the marine life.

Kayleigh, Khaila, Tiffany, Kaitlyn


Well, in the eyes of a 15 year old girl, life on a research vessel is like college on the sea. It’s almost like studying abroad. Very adventurous, yet crowded. You’re praying this isn’t a titanic remake, and hoping your roommate isn’t a seasick loser.
During the day, you wake up at a ridiculous hour. You eat a mango, grab your lab-coat, so you don’t sunburn, and get to work. Make sure your SPF 100 is in your pocket…..just in case. At night, you try and make sure you remember all the big words you highlighted in your dictionary last night to make you sound smart.
Conducted research might be underwater habitats, comparisons between new species and fossilized fish structures. Data will be changes, damage in a habitat, and new and extinct species.
Some tools that may be used might be cameras, sonar, microscopes, fish net, and binoculars.
The research will be used to find ways to keep the habitat safe and provide new information of new species.
Taylor, Caleigh, Kendyl, Bridget

Life on a research vessel to us, would be rather difficult. You would need good skills with getting along with other people. Studying the facts of life would be a very interesting topic. During the day, you will be doing a lot of research about certain facts of life. At night, you may collect more research. Yet, some nights you need rest and to just take time off and just chill. Research found may give us evidence as to how different animals live and interact and also react to different species and people.
Nicole, Kyla, Kaitlyn, Stephen
Life on a research vessel is cramped and crowded. I think it would sometimes be boring but fun to be by the water. During the day you would have to study and do research and at night they would study any species that they would be better at studying at night and they would sleep in bunks. Research that would be conducted would be studying marine biology, population, species, and the water. Data that will be collected would be the different types of animals or species they would see, and different samples of water. Some of the tools they would use would be fishing equipment, things that could help them go underwater, and dishes and other things that would help them take samples. The research could be used to see what kind of plants and animals live in the water, populations, and to see if there is anything wrong with the water.

Jake, Mackenzie, Kristen, Amani
Life on a research vessel would be like living on land but if you tried to leave you would fall into water. During the day you might observe animals in their habitat, and at night you might research more about that animal. I think on the research vessel people would be collecting data on the animals that live in the sea. The tools they might use are cameras and pencil and paper. This research could show us how animals react to people in its natural habitat.

Baylee, Ellie, Frankie ,Jackson
I think life on a research vessel would be very busy and organized, with very limited space. During the day they might study the ocean and under sea life, bacteria or diseases in the water and the behavior of creatures under and above the water. The hours you spend studying may vary, it’s depending on what you want to study. Data will be collected from studying organisms and the relationship to the environment of undersea life. The tools they might use are a microscope, test tubes, cameras, underwater equipment and your brain. The research will be used to make new discoveries and answer unknown questions.
Tia, Marina, Alexis, Korie
Life on a research vessel would be interesting. Depending on the boat it may be cramped and uncomfortable with the other biologists. It would also be an amazing experience to be able to study in the field on something (we’d assume) that the biologists were specifically interested in. Most likely having certain working hours and certain times to eat life would be pretty normal. You would most likely wear normal clothing and use equipment provided or equipment that you brought. Studying mostly water organisms and water related animals/plants/living things pertaining to the area the vessel would be located at.
Brad, Sam, Selena, Miguel
Life on a research vessel is, complicated, hardworking, interesting. It might be lonely. Although, you get to meet new people, it’s still not the same as it would be if you knew those other people.
During the day, you examine the life specimens, collect data, and analyze what you have learned. At night, you have time to socialize with your fellow researches and sleep. The research could include examining the inner body of the sea life, or studying their behavior in their natural habitat. Data could contain what viruses or diseases that the animal had. Some tools that may be used could include goggles, lab coats, gloves, microscopes, and tubes. The research could go to learning more about life in the ocean, and ife in general. We could learn about new things that occur in the ocean, that have not found its way to land species.

Steven, Bobby, Brittany, Morgan
We think that you wake up, get dressed, do some research, eat somewhere in there and then go to bed. The research that could be conducted is like oceanography: fish, water, and plants. The data we think that will collect is like the type of fish, water temperature, what kind of plants, and what’s on the bottom. Tools they will use is probably a microscope, fishing poles, hydrometer, thermometer, ruler and some type of fancy cameras. We think that they will use it for like how the fish live, for a research paper, just all about the water and what’s in it.
Bailey, Megan, Brian, Kayla

Life on a research vessel is like a regular cruise except you have to do research. During the day you would probably do research, gather information, and do experiments. At night you would probably sleep. You’d conduct research and collect data about the sea. They would use microscopes and test tubes. The research would be used for sea life and information about the ocean.
Haley, Jessica, Matt, Manpreet

Life on a research vessel is like you get seasick a lot. A bit boring because you’re stuck on a boat. You might get tired of the sea too. During the day you work and look at underwater sea life and you wake up early. At night you sleep. The research conducted is studying underwater life, finding data, sunken ships! The data that WILL be collected is graphs, samples, studies, theories, and doing experiments. The tools you might use are scalpels, scissors, a clock, lab coats, goggles, and a fishing pole! The research will be used for theories, experiments, data, and to further scientific knowledge too.

Jessica, Stephanie, Scotlynn, Zac

On a research vessel you wake up eat breakfast and get ready for the day. During the day you conduct experiments, analyze data, and study oceanology. During the night you do more studying, hang out, and go to bed. The research that can be conducted would be anything but would be more focused on marine biology. The data that will be collected is things like fish DNA, and ocean samples. The tools used would be computers, fishing tools, test tubes, and more advanced technology. The research would be used for proving facts, finding new information, and supporting facts.
Sam, Maria, Nate, Ryan

Life on a research vessel is like a cruise except it is a bunch of researchers that discuss all of the research they have recorded. A day is probably about the same as a regular day on a boat but with some experiments during the day and the same at night. The research will be use for better understanding life. Research will be about how certain animals react in certain environments, what the animal does on a daily schedule or what kind of food it eats and what it doesn’t. Tools may include microscopes or thermometer.
Adam, Aaron, Rebecca, Yash
Life on a research vessel is comfortable because everyone is provided with food, water and shelter. The boat is 279 feet in length and there is enough space for the 23 crew members which should mean it is not crowded. During the day there is a lot of research and tanning taking place. They also take pictures of different species of fish and other aquatic species. During the night, they sleep and party! The research being conducted would be how different things affect the species of animals and plants and their population. The data that is collected could be about the animal and plant life. The tools they could be using are microscopes, computers, test tubes, and many other different types of scientific tools.  The research will be used to better the ocean animals and plant life.
Aafia, Mindy, Tyler, Erica

Giving all the information, I think biologist have a lot to learn even once they have received a degree. Life on a research vessel is probably science-based. A normal day on would probably be full sleep because I would they research marine life at night to get more activities and watch behavior. Fish can be retrieved to see the eating process that fish take. Also other marine life such as bacteria and coral could possibly studied depending on the wanted results, they could search for cures but also remedies. Tools such as microscopes, underwater cameras, beakers, notebooks, nets and test tubes would be used. All of these materials can be used to examine and look at research.
Marquis, Tyler, Austin, Josh

Life on a research vessel is like a week living on a boat, doing research on various oceanic topics. While you’re on the boat sometimes you may have scheduled eating times, and other times you eat when you are hungry. Even though you are working, you learn new things everyday and you may have a great time doing it. The day is usually filled with research, while the night, you may continue researching, but most of the time you sleep. The research that could be conducted is on marine life and water samples. The data collected could be how many of each species of fish are left, or how much of what element is in the water. The tools they may use are microscopes, under water cameras, water testing kits, laptops, tags for tagging animals to track their feeding grounds and mating grounds. The research may be used for putting an animal on an endangered species list and the water sample may be used to see how animals survive in different ocean climates.
Ryan, Elisabeth, Amber, Michaela

Life on a research vessel would be cramped with all the equipment. During the day the researchers would collect samples on the surface and from the coral under the surface. At night the researchers would study the samples and use underwater cameras to see other species that are found at night. Researchers would use underwater cameras, containers for the specimens, microscopes, and tools for dissections. The research would be used for new information about species and about treatment for diseases and new questions that need to be answered.
Spencer, Emma, Jarred, Matt


Life on a research vessel is that you work have lunch breaks and end work right before you eat dinner with your fellow researchers. Fun with partners. A day is wake up at 9:00 eat breakfast, collect organisms from the ocean, have a lunch break, then run tests on the organisms that you collected, then have dinner with co-workers. At night you would maybe read before you sleep. What kind of data will be collected? Research will be about organisms and how they live. How different organisms live in different environments. Microscope, goggles, test tubes, cameras will be used. Information about the organisms and to tell people about what they found.
Ray, Alex, Cate, Victoria

Life on a research vessel has long days, with lots of work studying marine life. A day on a research vessel is mainly collecting data of what you see, while a night consists of nighttime animals such as glowing plankton, and sharks. The types of tools a research biologist uses are microscopes, telescopes, and nets and traps. Some also may scuba dive and use underwater cameras and video systems to capture marine animal behaviors. The research will mostly be used to expand our understanding of marine life, to find new species, and to learn about Earth’s history and the animals that used to live here.
Cassidy, Melissa, Brandon, Stephanie


Life on a research vessel would be long, hard, and boring. The day is filled with conducting experiments and collecting data. At night you would be able to relax, have some dinner, and talk to other researchers on the vessel with you. The research you would do would have something to do with marine life such as fish, animals, and plants in the water. The tools they would use would be scuba gear incase you were to go diving, containers to put your samples in, and tools that would help with collecting the samples of the ocean. The research could be used for experiments, essays, or for proving hypotheses.
Brian, Jacob, Miranda, Jordan

We think life on a research vessel could be stuffy, humid, rough, and crowded. A normal day would consist of waking up, checking the weather and based on that deciding what to do that day and do it. It would include researching and recording information and could be long, sometimes repetitive. A normal night would be calm, laid back, and relaxed. The research that would be collected would have to do with Marine Biology and Oceanography. Researchers would collect data such as water temperatures, conditions, depth, animal life, and plant life. They would use underwater cameras, mini-submarines with cameras, scuba gear, microscopes, computers, and observation. The research would be used for encyclopedias, other books, and discussions.
Katie, Dylan, Maggie, Hayley

The life on a research vessel can be cramped, non-private, uncomfortable, and smelly but can also be exciting when they discover something. They would research and study, conduct experiments and maybe even dive into water to study more. At night they sleep or do more research. Some types of research that could be conducted are studying marine life, the ocean, and ocean plants. They might use microscopes, computers, safety equipment, and maybe a fish tank. The research might be used if they want to learn more about how the marine life lives for books, or if they want to prove a hypothesis.
Savaun, Dani, Lisa

Life on a research vessel is probably boring and somewhat stressful at times because you are stuck in the vessel for some time. I’m sure that researches spend most of the day doing experiments and exploring the sea. Then they get to relax at night but this could change depending on the type of organism they are researching. The biologists would be conducting research on marine life and water organisms. They might use tools such as underwater cameras, and scuba gear to do further exploring. The research they collect could be used to see how the organisms change over the years or to prove a hypothesis of some sort. It could also be used for books to inform others.
Jessica, Jackie, Kellie, Meghan

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