IN2018_T02: Brisbane – Hobart Transit
14-21 May 2018 Australia’s marine research vessel (RV) Investigator is undertaking a transit voyage from Brisbane to Hobart. The main project on the transit aims to increase our understanding of the history of harmful algal blooms in Tasmanian waters. Educators on Board are Christie Evans and Callum Hollingsworth.
Our final day onboard the RV Investigator was our busiest yet. We were up before sunrise on location for our first multicore off Maria Island.
In the wee hours of the morning in the waters off Pt. Hacking the CPR (continuous plankton recorder) was deployed off the stern of the ship.
Profile: James Hokin
James is Second Mate on board the RV Investigator, and has been working in this position since 2015.
Women in science
It is no secret that science is a male dominated field and there is a push in Australia to encourage more women to take a science tertiary study pathway.
Researcher Profile: Emily Jateff
Emily Jateff is the curator of ocean science and technology at the Australian National Maritime Museum. She is aboard the RV Investigator due to her shipwreck expertise and to hear science and maritime stories she can share at the museum.
Day 4: Bad weather
Today we have hit some bad weather as we start to make our way back towards the coast and into Bass Straight. We currently have a 4 -5 metre swell, with 30knot winds, producing wind chop on top of the swell.
Researcher Profile: Dr Eric Woehler
Dr Eric Woehler works in the school of zoology at the University of Tasmania. He is on board the RV Investigator to study the Spatial and Temporal Variability in the Distribution and Abundance of Seabirds.
Day 3: Triaxus observations for ocean forecasting
Launched off the stern of the Investigator, the Triaxus glides from 10m to 240m behind the ship collecting data on the condition of the ocean. Armed with sensors, cameras and probes this apparatus measures conductivity, temperature, depth, oxygen and chlorophyll and takes video.