Nome-ward Bound

We returned to Nome on the afternoon of August 22. Our scientists successfully completed their objectives and have returned to Oregon State University, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, UC Santa Cruz, and the Hakai Institute. This is a brief update on the last leg of the cruise before we came into port. This post…

Follow the Flow

In this series, educator Deb Greene walks us through some of the science on the ship. She explores the practices of science and how they fit in with the Next Generation Science Standards. Deb has taught and been involved in curriculum development in both the public and private sector for over 35 years. She currently…

Bowhead Subsistence Whaling in Alaska

A Community Perspective This post was written by the community observer currently aboard the Sikuliaq. Community observers log wildlife sightings and spend much of their time observing from the bridge. They act as liaisons between researchers and the Alaskan communities nearby.  The Bowhead whale has been sought after for many years.  After death, the Bowhead…

Chemical Oceanography

In this series, educator Deb Greene walks us through some of the science on the ship. She explores the practices of science and how they fit in with the Next Generation Science Standards. Deb has taught and been involved in curriculum development in both the public and private sector for over 35 years. She currently…

What Scientists are Asking

In this series, educator Deb Greene walks us through some of the science on the ship. She explores the practices of science and how they fit in with the Next Generation Science Standards. Deb has taught and been involved in curriculum development in both the public and private sector for over 35 years. She currently…

Microplastics in Marine Mud

Ocean plastics present serious problems. Plastics choke and starve wildlife, pollute the water and degrade living conditions in coastal and island communities, introduce toxins into the marine food web that extend up to us in our seafood, damage fish stocks, and decrease overall ocean health. The “Great Pacific garbage patch” formed by the North Pacific…

Diazotrophs in the Arctic

Kendra Turk-Kubo’s research focuses on diazotrophs. Diazotrophs are microscopic organisms that have the special ability to fix nitrogen. They come in all shapes and sizes, as bacteria or archaea. Turk-Kubo talks about their individual characteristics with a fond familiarity – Trichodesmium, Nostoc, UCYN-A, Richiela, Nodularia, Crocosphaera – all diazotrophs she’s spent the last decade of…

Getting Our Fix

This post includes an explanation of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science teams work on this cruise and a summary of their two weeks of work in Barrow, Alaska. The next post will feature Kendra Turk-Kubo, a research specialist at the University of California Santa Cruz, who collaborates closely with the VIMS team. Scroll to…