It’s Not Always Bad to Cross the Line

    Contributed by Michelle Jungbluth, e-mailed via satellite while battling rough seas along the Atlantic Meridional Transect.  Monday October 13th was an exciting day for us at sea. This is the day we crossed the equator. After a restless nights sleep, I woke up at 01:30 am to continue my normal early-morning routine before... Continue Reading →

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Finding my SOEST niche: From occupational therapy to mathematics to biological oceanography

 Contributed by Chantel Chang I had invested in a master’s degree and four years of work experience, but I could not imagine another 40+ years of constantly being around people in pain. As I, the occupational therapist (a.k.a. the pain bearer), gazed upon the agony in the patients’ faces during therapy, I realized that my... Continue Reading →

HIMB30 – The Prius of Bacteria

By Jennifer Wong-Ala  “Ew, you work with bacteria?! Aren’t you afraid of getting sick?” This is what I usually hear whenever I talk to people who are not familiar with the different types of bacteria. When most people think of bacteria, they think of the harmful germs that get them sick. The “good” bacteria I... Continue Reading →

A Bittersweet Cruise

A guest blog post contributed by Donn Viviani I conduct my oceanographic research on a 186-foot-long ship at Station ALOHA, 60 miles from 'Oahu and the site of the 25-year-old Hawai'i Ocean Time-series. Cruises last five days and are scheduled well in advance.  So I was surprised one evening when my advisor emailed, “we have... Continue Reading →

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