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June 18, 2018

Exploring Fronts with Multiple Robots: In The Extreme

Each day, I collect qualitative data on, for example, the ways that people and robots communicate, how different kinds of decisions are made, the social habits and technologies particular to this environment, and workgroups.


June 14, 2018

Exploring Fronts with Multiple Robots: Blueprints

Walk into the Wet Lab aboard R/V Falkor and you will find us, the biological team, juggling liter bottles, vials, tubes, and jars—all containing ocean water from our current location.


June 13, 2018

Exploring Fronts with Multiple Robots: Ripples

The science control room on R/V Falkor is the center of action, where you will find 18 individual computer screens (ranging in size and setup) displaying everything the ship is doing.


June 5, 2018

Exploring Fronts with Multiple Robots: The Night Cast

“Have you ever done a XBT cast?” John Fulmer asks. I have not, but I am excited to learn about another device used for deep-water oceanography.


June 2, 2018

Exploring fronts with multiple robots: A Helping Hand

I can’t help but feel nervous. While I have a background in marine science, I have never been on a large ship or spent a significant period time on the open ocean. A few questions stubbornly drift around my head: Am I ready for this journey? What happens if I get sea sick the whole time? Am I really qualified to work on a big expedition with so many distinguished scientists?


June 1, 2018

Exploring Fronts with Multiple Robots: No Man’s Sea

No people have tried to stake a claim where we are going—no remote islands or archipelagos lay in our trajectory. We are going to a specific part of the ocean that is not distinguishable by human sight alone.


April 13, 2018

Technology, courage, and next steps

Now that I have recovered from lack of sleep, two weeks of intense sampling, and can feel the stable earth under my feet, I would like to share a special morning off the west coast of O‘ahu.


April 12, 2018

Wrapping up the #microbeeddybots expedition: Week 4 video

“Whenever you are able to achieve something that you couldn’t before, it always gives you hope for the future.”


April 11, 2018

An ocean’s breath

There are only a few places in the ocean where the dynamics of the microbial organisms are so tightly coupled that they give rise to perfect synchronicity. The North Pacific Subtropical Gyre that we are sailing through for this research cruise is one of these special places.


April 10, 2018

How to spy on nitrogen-fixing bacteria

“…most phytoplankton are desperate for nitrogen, taking up any available forms so fast that concentrations in surface waters are often too low for us to measure.”