Cruise Day 0: Unpack, Set Up, Make Plans

Microbial Ecology of Sea Star Wasting Disease

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 balance to weigh out ferric chloride – a key reagent in Elliot’s work on the boat looking at virioplankton. After locating the dry shipper, which had successfully made it back to Ithaca, emptied of samples, then been sent out to Seattle by Ian’s partner (thanks Zug!) and grad student Tina Tran (thanks Tina!), Ian weighed out samples of FeCl3 and located the rest of the equipment, which had at this stage already been moved by marine tech Brandi to the vessel (thanks Brandi!).

Various views of the Barnes in port. Middle photo – fantail of…

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