All researchers and Coast Guard crew aboard the USCGC Healy Expedtion 1901.
Today was bittersweet as we packed up the labs downstairs, freshwater washed our mustang suits, and did our final loads of laundry. We have continuously steamed toward Nome since 1am this morning…
Piper Bartlett-Browne taking bottom water samples from the CTD.
Today was our final day of sampling until we head back south to Nome. We are in Ledyards Bay collecting CTDA research tool that is submerged in the water to measure conductivity (salinity),…
Jonaotaro Onodera (JAMSTEC) collecting samples from the sediment trap bottles.
The small research team from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) have been recovering and deploying moorings in several places along our route north of the Bering…
Kelly Uhlig, a graduate student, looks at a van Veen sample under the microscope at the Healy lab.
Still north of Barrow, we are deploying CTDs, bongo nets, and van Veen grabs when we have time between mooring operations, which I will get to later this week. Also, a reminder to sign up for the…
Orca whales from the Healy (Courtesy of Lindsey Leigh Graham)
We began DBO-5 yesterday offshore from Barrow, AK also known as Barrow Canyon. As we finished this line, I took some pictures of the biodiversity that we have seen here. Stay tuned for DBO-5…
The watertight door to enter the lab on the Healy.
We'll take a litte break from science talk today to chat about life on the Healy. The Healy is a US Coast Guard vessel that is 420 feet long with a crew of about 60 to 80 people and 40 researchers…
The saildrone on the ocean. (Courtesy of NOAA)
Most of us know what drones are. They fly and are remote controlled. But have you ever heard of a saildrone? According to Saildrone, Inc. “A saildrone is an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) that…
The styrofoam cups after the deep cast. So tiny!
In the early hours this morning, the Healy deployed its deep CTDA research tool that is submerged in the water to measure conductivity (salinity), temperature, and depth. cast at 73.4812 north…
Alexadrium from the Chukchi Sea under a microscope.
Evie Fachon and her team from the Anderson Lab at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) are studying harmful algal blooms (HABs) on this expedition. As the oceans begin to warm and the sea…
Gray Whale fluke. (Courtesy of Lindsey Leigh Graham)
What is one of the Gray Whale's favorite foods? Amphipods! The benthic team started to see them in their Van Veen grabs and, sure enough, Gray Whales were spotted soon after. Gray Whales have baleen…
Christina Goethel, Nicole Villeneuve, and Piper Bartlett-Browne hold three sediment cores taken in the Chukchi Sea.
Jackie Grebmeier has been collecting benthic cores in the Arctic since the mid-1980's and she has continued to make this a part of the Distributed Biological ObservatoryA location used for observing…
A Snow Crab is pulled from the Van Veen grab on the Healy.
We are continuing our expedition northward! Last night we passed through the Bering Strait and across the Arctic circle. We were able to see the Diomede Islands around 5am, a pair of islands that lie…