Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Cruise!

Dear reader*,
I am going on a research cruise for the next two weeks. I'll be aboard the RV Big Boat**, and I have been told that there is WiFi aboard. If the internet is real, and reliable, I shall try to blog the cruise. We'll be working in the Gulf of Mexico, studying the deep water corals there. I'll try to post pix and all that kind of cool stuff, as well as what the day-to-day life aboard is like, since I don't know if my reader has ever been aboard a blue water research vessel.

This should be an interesting time, and I really hope for some good samples. Will I get them and have a job for the next year? Will they tell me anything interesting and new? Will I fall overboard while losing my lunch? These questions and more will be answered in the next episode of "Lab Boy on a Boat." Be sure to tune in!

*I think I have at least one reader.
**I'll be keeping things anonymous. Since this space is mine, I do not speak for my employer, the funding agency, the crew, the vessel, the vessel owners, nor anyone else. If I get seasick, I don't even speak for myself.


spurge said...

I know for a fact that you do have at least one reader.

I took a tour of the R/V Seward Johnson once.

Does that count as being on a blue water research vessel?

I doubt it does.

Lab Boy said...

Welcome aboard! The Seward Johnson is a hell of a vessel, so I'll give you half a point. I wish we were using that ship, but we have to make do with an ROV rather than the submersible that the SJ is capable of launching.

spurge said...

Thanks LB

I lived in Florida for a few years during grad school (FIT).

I knew a few people over at Harbor Branch but that was a long time ago.

I look forward to reading about your trip and research.

I wanted to be a marine biologist or oceanographer and even got a marine biology MS.

Somehow I have ended up as a molecular biologist. Go figure

Lab Boy said...

Hey, I'm mostly molecular environmental microbiology, but I still get to play in the ocean.
That's the neat thing about DNA, it's freaking everywhere, and the tools are mostly the same.

spurge said...

At this point I will just have to live my life on the sea vicariously.

It is not yet time for a radical career change.

Good to know that I might have some marine related options.