From Hakai to Hales

As part of Hakai Institute’s ocean acidification program, I was offered a unique training opportunity with the Oregon State University Hales lab aboard the R/V Sikuliaq on the 2017 Dynamic Arctic cruise. One of the major portions of the cruise work will involve the deployment of a towed platform known as the SuperSucker that will…

Sikuliaq Outreach Catalog

From ice trials to Jason operations to STEM SEAS to the NPRB Arctic Program, the R/V Sikuliaq has facilitated a lot of adventure since it began scientific operations in 2015. As someone preparing to communicate the work done on an upcoming Sikuliaq cruise, I wanted to know how onboard outreach was done in the past,…

Virtual Ship Tour

Ever wondered what it’s like to live and work on a research vessel? Follow this link to watch a virtual tour of the research vessel Sikuliaq: https://app.teleport.ninja/t/NdryKRvXQ6MzKrpjB It includes short video interviews with scientists, who explain the work they do on the Sikuliaq; photos of Arctic wildlife; text descriptions of scientific instruments; and mini tours…

Terra Magazine feature

Oregon State University’s Terra Magazine featured some of the work done on the September 2016 R/V Sikuliaq expedition in the magazine’s Winter 2017 issue. Check out the online article here: http://terra.oregonstate.edu/2017/01/fire-and-ice/. And view the pdf of the full magazine here: http://terra.oregonstate.edu/files/2017/02/Terra-Winter-2017-final-low_res-2.pdf.

Video: Scientists at Sea

Learn a bit more about what it takes to be a scientist at sea and what motivates the scientists who participated in the September 2016 cruise on the R/V Sikuliaq. This video is a product of the Teachers at Sea program, which seeks in part to teach students what it means to be a scientist….

Video: Expedition recap

It’s been an incredible 28 days, full of good science, collaboration, and wildlife and ice viewing. Special thanks to the National Science Foundation, the R/V Sikuliaq, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, Oregon State University, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science for making this trip possible. And a special thank…

Walking on Ice

Ms. Callaghan’s Classroom Jil Callaghan is a 6th grade science teacher at Houck Middle School in Salem, Oregon. She is posting blogs for her students while aboard the Research Vessel Sikuliaq as part of a teacher at sea program through Oregon State University.  As the timing of our science projects got shifted from encountering ice and…

Questions From Students

Ms. Callaghan’s Classroom Jil Callaghan is a 6th grade science teacher at Houck Middle School in Salem, Oregon. She is posting blogs for her students while aboard the Research Vessel Sikuliaq as part of a teacher at sea program through Oregon State University.    Is it really cold?  How cold is it? It has been between…