My name is C. J. Pickett, and I traveled from the Davidson Lab at Swarthmore College to work with Marc Frischer’s lab and the amazing tunicate, the Doliolid. Tunicates are a group of morphologically-diverse invertebrate filter-feeding animals, found in marine settings around the globe.
Cruise Log – June 29-30, 2021 – DolMICROBE 09: “Who needs sleep?”—On being chief scientist and sampling post- tropical storm
by Laura M. Treible The past few months have felt like a whirlwind! In June we had two cruises, one at the beginning and one at the end of the month. Marc was going to be out of town for the late June cruise, so I had the opportunity to act as Chief Scientist in… Read more »
by Anita Minniefield Research Professional This cruise got off to a rocky start with higher than anticipated waves, sending the science crew (me) into the throws of sickness. Even though this was my fourth cruise, it was my first time getting sea sick on the R/V Savannah. I spent a lot of time on the… Read more »
Cruise Log May 11 – 12, 2021 – DolMICROBE07 ‘We saw the phytoplankton, but we couldn’t see the phytoplankton’
by Jeremy E. Schreier UGA Marine Sciences Ph.D. Student It would not be field work without having to quickly adapt to rapidly changing scenarios – uncertainty always looming around the corner. A deteriorating weather forecast predicted rough seas not ideal for sampling, yet weather is not enough to completely stop scientific research.
by Natalie Cohen Over the past two days, I assisted with one of the research cruises of the DolMICROBE field campaign led by the Frischer and Greer labs at UGA Skidaway Institute. It was an exciting and educational research cruise, aimed at better understanding the doliolid communities in the South Atlantic Bight.
Doliolideers and friends, Our first full DolMICROBE cruise is in the books! After months of waiting, training, and equipment testing, we finally received the green light to mount a full-scale research expedition on the R/V Savannah on April 5 & 6, 2021.The problem has been that, because of COVID-related safety precautions, we have not been… Read more »
As Patrick reported in our last cruise log, in February we successfully collected and isolated several nurse and other life stages of Dolioletta gegenbauri. Marc and Tina have been diligently caring for this culture that will be used for experimental lab studies in the future. We currently have about 12 gonozoids in culture, with 4-5 appearing… Read more »
Cruise Log – R/V Savannah February 9-10, 2021 –DolEAGER2/DolMICROBE4: “Third Try’s the Charm” – by Patrick Duffy
This cruise adventure began with pouring rain as we scrambled to wire everything for our plankton imaging system (mini Deep Focus Plankton imager, mDPI). Our mDPI had experienced technical issues during the previous two attempts to deploy it at-sea, but we were (cautiously) optimistic this time with the improved connection durability from a ‘new’ UNOLS… Read more »