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RinR goes to sea

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As scientific research missions at sea go, this is a modest one of only 21 days. But on the eve of cast-off from the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory aboard the 135’ R/V Point Sur, this team of graduate students led by FSU oceanographer David Thistle is as excited as if they were about to circumnavigate the globe.

Over the next three weeks, we’ll try to bring you a series of fresh updates along with photos that we hope will tell the story of what this team of young oceanographers is doing and why. We’re depending on satellites to bounce our blogs to you from a battery of gadgets yet to undergo sea trials—so we beg some indulgence. Despite our best efforts, we may in fact not be able to get there from here, or there!

Oceanographer David Thistle of FSU is a veteran of numerous research missions off the Pacific coast. David is a biological oceanographer who specializes in studying the bewildering variety of microorganisms that live in the mud of deep oceans. He has clearly infected this eager team of students—some coming from the labs of colleagues at Texas A&M University—with his passion for this peculiar branch of oceanography. Over the coming days, we’re going to tell you why this kind of research is not only important but what it means—both professionally and personally—for a small subset of tomorrow’s generation of oceanographers.

Schedule calls for the Point Sur to depart Saturday, Sept. 13, and steam 800 miles north to begin a series of bottom-sampling operations that will begin in water roughly 2,700 meters (1.6 miles) deep. The vessel will then seek samples from 3,700 meters (2.3 miles) before turning south. Sampling stations will be targeted at three other latitudes in roughly the same depths before returning to port Oct. 3.

Welcome aboard!

Frank Stephenson,
Editor, Research in Review
Aboard the R/V Point Sur


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