Undergrad Perspectives on a Research Cruise: Part 2

By Lauren Ball, a senior in the Dept. of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at NC State University. Lauren is part of the science crew on the R/V Neil Armstrong, collecting data off of Cape Hatteras, NC. One thing I was not expecting about this research cruise was the lack of a personal schedule.  I am on watch from midnight to noon,…

Undergrad Perspectives on a Research Cruise: Part 1

By Lauren Ball, a senior in the Dept. of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at NC State University. As a graduating senior in Biological Oceanography, I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the PEACH Cruise on the R/V Neil Armstrong.  I ended up only having one class this semester, Observational Methods and Data Analysis in Marine Physics, and…

Biological Sampling by Physical Oceanographers

MEAS technician Marco Valera from Dr. Astrid Schnetzer’s Plankton Ecology Lab has been collecting plankton samples by filtering hundreds of liters of water from various depths of CTD casts. Marco’s water samples are time-sensitive and need to be filtered immediately after arriving on the ship. OOMG’s Joe Zambon and NCSU Marine Science undergrad Lauren Ball have been happy to help out. After…

Research Cruise Underway at Cape Hatteras

The research cruise to study processes affecting exchange across the continental shelf at Cape Hatteras, NC got underway on 13 April 2017. The R/V Neil Armstrong set out from its home port of Woods Hole, MA carrying scientists including OOMG’s Joe Zambon and NCSU Marine Science undergrad Lauren Ball. Researchers have been deploying eXpendable BathyThermographs (XBTs), which transmit temperature as they sink…

Undergraduate Teaching and Research While Underway at Sea

Three times per week this spring, OOMG’s Drs. Ruoying He and Joe Zambon teach an undergraduate class, MEA 462 – Observational Methods and Data Analysis in Marine Physics. At the beginning of the semester, Joe announced two opportunities for at-sea research that were available for any eager undergraduates to participate in. Lauren Ball volunteered for the first opportunity, with over 2 weeks…

OOMG’s Joe Zambon Departs for East Coast Research Cruise

OOMG Research Assistant Professor Dr. Joe Zambon left this morning to board the Research Vessel (R/V) Neil Armstrong, departing out of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) in Cape Cod, MA. Joe, along with NC State Marine Science undergraduate student Lauren Ball, and MEAS technician Marco Valera will represent NC State University as a part of a multi-institutional research cruise. Other participating institutions…

Zambon on UNOLS Deep Submergence Training Cruise

Atlantis cruise participants

OOMG Post Doc Joe Zambon participated in the UNOLS Deep Submergence Training Cruise this past summer from 26 July through 8 August.  His successful proposal was to utilize the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Sentry, in conjunction with the Alvin submarine, to conduct an investigation of the near-bottom currents.  Using this novel approach, he will compare these deep ocean currents to models run…

Atlantis Cruise Finds Historic Shipwreck

shipwreck debris

Searching for a missing oceanographic instrument mooring off the U. S. Atlantic coast, scientists aboard the R/V Atlantis discovered instead the remains of a shipwreck probably dating from the American Revolution. The autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry was used to scan the sea floor for anomalies, which Alvin, with a crew of three, was later sent to investigate. OOMG post doc Austin Todd was…

Gulf of Mexico Deep Sea Survey, May-June 2014

Alvin being pulled out of the water as swimmers dive into the sea