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.
James is Second Mate on board the RV Investigator, and has been working in this position since 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Craig Woodward is a research scientist specialising in paleoecology. In particular he examines mud samples from both lake and ocean to archive environmental change. He is aboard the RV Investigator due to his sediment coring experience.