From the Southern Ocean to My Spreadsheet

The Palmer Antarctica Long Term Ecological Research (PAL LTER) cruises are crazy busy! The study area is organized into lines of sampling stations every 100 nautical miles down the Western Antarctic Peninsula. No matter the day or time when the ARSV Laurence M. Gould reaches the next station, it is time to collect data. I […]

Settling on Salps and Circumpolar Deep Water


My first challenge was to define a reasonable question that I could begin to answer in only a month and a half. There are numerous, diverse groups of animals drifting in the Southern Ocean, ranging from the herbivorous copepods to voracious predators such as arrow worms. Additionally, understanding the physics of the ocean was not […]

Final Post and Looking Forward: Coffeehouse Communities

Throughout the course of this summer and into this fall, I had the chance to engage with data that I really felt was relevant to present day, and my generation in particular. Sociological Research in the form of “Bowling Alone” and other works really emphasizes the fear that the sense of community that Americans once […]