(this post was written by Ph.D. student Cory Berger)
My name is Cory Berger, and I’m a new student in the Tarrant lab. I’m still getting settled in to life as a graduate student, but I’ve already had some memorable experiences, and I’m going to be writing about one of them today.
I recently participated in the Joint Program Orientation Cruise, which is an opportunity for first-year students to get some time at sea on the R/V Neil Armstrong. We went straight south from the Cape to the continental shelf break. The scientific objectives of the cruise were to capture hydrographic profiles of temperature, salinity, and current velocity across the shelf-break front, and to collect plankton as part of the Northeast Shelf Long-Term Ecological Research (NES-LTER) program. Finally, we also conducted a deep-water tow to collect fish for the Ocean Twilight Zone Project.