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June 28, 2022

Ocean exploration matters [World Oceans Day/National Ocean Month]

Although the spring semester is over for colleges and universities in the United States, the ocean-related celebrations during the month of June are an excellent reminder that when we do head back into the classroom, we should not just focus on the “what” about the ocean (what we know/don’t know), but why we need to know – as NOAA says, why ocean exploration matters.

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May 29, 2022

Ships returning to Cape Town – H.M.S. Challenger and JOIDES Resolution

Cape Town has served as a port of call for these two scientific vessels and others, playing an important role in supporting science at sea.

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May 10, 2022

Knowledge about oceans on other worlds starts with our own

Enceladus Mosaic

the possibility of finding life in the universe has increased thanks to the ocean analog from our own planet. Samples from Expedition 390, which are collected from aa subsurface environment where basement is in contact with water, will advance our scientific knowledge and may help guide the direction for future astrobiology research as we continue to search for life in Earth’s deep ocean system and on other worlds.

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April 26, 2022

The first women of scientific ocean drilling

Do you know the names Maria Cita, Elizabeth Gealy, and Catherine Nigrini? They are important women in the history of scientific ocean drilling.

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April 24, 2022

Voicemails from the JR – what would we say?

screenshot of Google Earth

This project has not only been a fun way for me to document our expedition, but it also records the voices of ship participants and their actual feelings at the moment – the excitement, the frustration, the sadness.. all of it authentic and in their own voice.

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April 22, 2022

IODP EXP 390 and Earth Day 2022 – Invest In Our Planet

quilt hanging on wall with a sign next to it

What future investments can we make on the JR to be in partnership with the planet? Scientists on Expedition 390 have been reflecting upon the Earth Day 2022 theme and the mission of scientific ocean drilling.

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April 20, 2022

Ocean literacy and IOPD Expedition 390

The following is a repost from the JOIDES Resolution blog for Expedition 390 – South Atlantic Transect 1. I wrote the post How Expedition 390 Advances Ocean Literacy while sailing on the JR to help educators see the connection between the scientific mission of my expedition and why it matters to students and to those that are not scientists as defined by the Ocean Literacy Principles.

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April 18, 2022

Tracking ocean expeditions while at sea with Google Earth

screenshot of Google Earth

For those that head off to do fieldwork, especially on the ocean, I encourage you to think about creating your own Google Earth file with daily updates to keep other engaged and informed about your work.

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April 3, 2022

A reading list on scientific ocean drilling for university undergraduate students

Image of JR on the water

I’ve been exploring articles on the past, present, and future of scientific ocean drilling. As I’ve come across several articles to use with the students in my college classroom, I thought I would compile and share this list so that and anyone with a general interest in scientific ocean drilling could read, learn, and share.

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DSDP Leg 3 – a legacy expedition for plate tectonics

Before heading out on IODP Expedition 390, I’m taking a look at why this South Atlantic location for coring and drilling in the deep ocean is so important for scientific and historical reasons.

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