Models and Mud: Life on the Kaharoa

From Friday, May 20

Field work has started with a bang. The ship left Auckland with most of the science crew on Tuesday and I met it in Gisborne when it arrived on Thursday. From Thursday until this coming Tuesday, we will be collecting as much data as possible. We will be replacing the batteries for instruments that we left in the water in January, taking sediment cores with a multi-corer and measuring water properties with a CTD.

A day on the ship starts early, with breakfast at 7. We actively gather sediment cores, recover instruments, and use the CTD from 8-5, but some of the different experiments take a long time to run, and we’ve been working up to (and sometimes past) midnight. The crew of the Kaharoa are all helpful and great to be around, and the cook Carol has cooked up some great food (we had éclairs during the tea hour today!)

Introducing the science crew:

Team multicore:

  • J.P. Walsh – head PI (Principal investigator) from East Carolina University
  • Reide Corbett – PI from East Carolina University
  • Alan Orpin – PI from National Institute of Water and Atmosphere, New Zealand
  • Rip Hale – student from University of Washington – also on the team tripo

Team Tripod:

  • Andrea Ogston – PI from University of Washington
  • Dan Nowacki – student from University of Washington

Team Erosion Chamber:

  • Joey Kiker – student from East Carolina University
  • Julia Moriarty – student from William and Mary/VIMS (that’s me!)

Disclaimer: Unfortunately, these posts were not posted in real time because there’s no internet connection on the boat. Sidenote: If you are interested in learning more about the project, look at:

  1. The blog of the entire research group:
  2. J.P Walsh and Reide Corbett’s blog has day-to-day accounts of what we do on the cruise: