On Thursday and Friday, 14-15 January, Ian and Elliot participated in the “Sea Star Wasting Summit” at the Seattle Aquarium (sponsored by the Aquarium and Boeing Corporation). Collaborator Lesanna Lahner, chief vet at the Aquarium organized the symposium to bring together researchers across the geographic range of the disease to discuss research results and future … More Sea Star Wasting Summit
Day 5 started with an early departure from Bellingham, heading southbound towards the Strait of Juan de Fuca to sample sites on the Olympic National Park [edit: Olympic Peninsula – not the Olympic National Park!]. This necessitated quite the haul for the morning – the vessel didn’t reach Smith Island, about 2/3 the way to … More Cruise Days 5 and 6: Long transits, healthy stars
Day 4 started for the team with a gorgeous morning at one of the world’s foremost research facilities, the Friday Harbor Marine Labs, which is affiliated with the University of Washington (owners of the Clifford A. Barnes). Ian had visited Friday Harbor back in 1999 long before starting his PhD work; its amazing that it really … More Cruise Day 4: Mud, mud, and boulders
This morning the team set off from Port Townsend after a quick evening, heading north towards the San Juan Islands. Severe losses of sea stars had been reported in these waters by various collaborators, so we are keen to see what lies beneath the waves- and beneath where scientific and recreational divers had reported sea … More Cruise Day 3: Northwards to Echinoderm Heaven!
The morning started bright and early for the team: an 8 am departure from Shilshoals Marina and heading west to the other side of Puget Sound for our first station. After all the kinks of the first day, operations are now running smoothly. The weather today was overcast, which meant it was coooold – in … More Cruise Day 2: A More Successful Day and More Stars!
The morning started at 6:45 (well, Ian was up at 4am… thanks jet lag!) as the crew met for breakfast and proceeded to the dock at the University of Washington pre-dawn for an 8 am departure. After arriving on the Barnes, the team received a safety briefing from Captain Ray before setting sail. The vessel transited … More Cruise Day 1: Testing Approach and First Observations
Jet lag in full effect, Ian tried hard to wake up at 7 am but couldn’t… instead waking up at 8. Shortly after breakfast/lunch, Ian was met by friend and colleague Bob Morris, faculty at the University of Washington, who had kindly offered to help procure liquid N2 and allow Ian to use his fine … More Cruise Day 0: Unpack, Set Up, Make Plans