Category Archives: Cruises

Back on Track.

So here we are.  Our current position is 38° 29.0611′ N, 076° 23.9591′ W (see a map here: http://tinyurl.com/32ralhm).  The Scanfish is in the water, we’re heading south collecting data, and there is ice cream in the freezer.  We ran … Continue reading

Posted in Cruises, DeZoZoo | Leave a comment

Return to the Chesapeake Bay

What a busy summer!  Tomorrow we’ll load for our second DeZoZoo cruise to the Chesapeake, while on Thursday our intrepid research assistant heads to the Gulf of Mexico to sample plankton aboard the RV Oceanus for 28 days (!!!). Upon … Continue reading

Posted in Cruises, DeZoZoo | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

13 July 2010…Newly sulfidic water

As water moves north in the bottom layer of the Chesapeake Bay it runs out of oxygen and then accumulates hydrogen sulfide from bacteria using sulfate respiration in the sediments and the water column.  Yesterday we found the sweet spot … Continue reading

Posted in Cruises | Leave a comment

12 July 2010…Sub-oxia

Today we searched for “Sub-oxic” bottom water.  This is bottom water that has no detectable oxygen (and so is officially “anoxic”) but also has no detectable hydrogen sulfide.  We expect to find bacteria using a range of different respiratory metabolisms … Continue reading

Posted in Cruises | 1 Comment

9 July 2010…Scanfish day

We arrived on site just north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge near where the main channel gets shallower to the north.  We deployed the Scanfish at 0800 and began towing to the south.  The Scanfish is a big yellow wing-like … Continue reading

Posted in Cruises, LiDZ | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

8 July 2010…LIDZ cruise Loading Day

After three day cruises to our main sampling site in the middle of Chesapeake Bay this summer, we are finally ready for a week long cruise to survey the Dead Zone from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to the mouth of … Continue reading

Posted in Cruises, LiDZ | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

To sea once more…

Well the LiDZ group is heading out tomorrow evening.  They are going to be looking at some different aspects of the Chesapeake Bay dead zone than we are in the DeZoZoo project.  From my perspective as a zooplankton ecologist, they … Continue reading

Posted in Cruises, LiDZ | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Channel Fever

We’ve put the science of this cruise in the books.  Well, nearly. A couple of experiments will be finished up tomorrow morning, back at the lab, but most of it is done.  And we’ve got jars of stuff, CDs full … Continue reading

Posted in Cruises, DeZoZoo | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Winding Down

Well we’re about 4 hours into day 6, and I can’t believe that this cruise is almost in the books. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve got a lot of science left to do, but despite the challenges we’ve had an … Continue reading

Posted in Cruises, DeZoZoo | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Alive!

We’re just passing the CBOS buoy which was installed last week. (Unfortunately, our internet connection is pretty slow, so I’m not providing links.  If you are reading this and interested, I encourage you to search for CBOS so you can see the … Continue reading

Posted in Cruises, DeZoZoo | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment