24 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq hosts Nome School District Teacher Heather Jameson!

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Re: Trinity commented on 24 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Trinity-the mid-water trawl net, definitely!  It's a huge, really heavy net, so it's a lot of work to get it in and out of the water. 
take care, 
Lisa

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Kimberly B.
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How big is the Research Vessel Sikuliaq? and what type of equipment do you have?

Re: Kimberly B. commented on 24 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Kimberly! The R/V Sikuliaq is 261' in length!  It's huge!  And, it can break through ice up to 2.5 feet thick! Fortunately, or unfortunately because it would be nice to see sea-ice!, the year round ice is pretty far away at the moment and the Beaufort sea is pretty clear.
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The Sikuliaq has a lot of equipment on board to help the ship operate correctly, to keep the people on the ship safe and comfortable and to allow the research team do their job!  Here's the link to the ships webpage, you can investigate the ship further there!
https://www.sikuliaq.alaska.edu/
take care and have a nice Sunday evening!
Lisa

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Sarah Morgan
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What is the mooring system? Is it part of the boat?

Re: Sarah Morgan commented on 24 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Sarah-the moorings have heavy anchors and the entire mooring system carries scientific equipment that sits on the bottom of the ocean, sometimes for a year.  When it's time to pick it up, they put a transducer overboard and the computer on the ship, "talks" to the computer on the mooring.  It's released from the bottom of the ocean and floats up so the ship can pick it up!
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pretty neat!
Lisa

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Corrina C
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Corrina C, Springs School, Seff, captain

How many years has the captain of the research vessel been a captain? When you go to Alaska do you always have the same captain?

Re: Corrina C commented on 24 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Corrina-Forest McMullen is our Captain, and he's been doing this for a long time.  However not always on the same ship!
When I cam up to Alaska 5 years ago we were on a different boat (only 50' compared with 261' on the Sikuliaq) and with a different captain.
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take care,
Lisa

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Daniel P
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Daniel P Springs School O'Rielly

Dear Mrs. Seff, When you leave Nome do you have to bring equipment with you for the trip?

Re: Daniel P commented on 24 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Daniel...not sure what your question means.  My trip home or when we went out to sea?  Either way...always have my computer, phone and camera with me...plus my steel toed boots, heavy rain gear and base layers for the cold!
take care,
Lisa

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James B.
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James B Springs School Seff speed

How fast does the Sikuliaq go?

Michael M
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Hi, Mrs. Seff. What types of organisms do you catch when you drag nets behind the ship?

C.Campoverde
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How big is the Research Vessel? Where do you sleep in the Research Vessel?

Tifany G
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About how many square feet

About how many square feet was the ship you were staying on?

Re: Tifany G commented on 24 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Tifany! Good question...and it's 11:30pm and no one who knows is awake!
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Here's the ships link, let me know if you can figure it out!
https://www.sikuliaq.alaska.edu/
take care,
Lisa

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Jake.K
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Hey Mrs. Seff
How fast can the Research vessel go at its top speed?

Re: Jake.K commented on 24 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq hosts...

Hi Jake! Hmmm, that's a good question...but I'm in my cabin and it's about 11:30pm...so here's the link to the Sikuliaq page...
let me know if you can figure out the answer!  https://www.sikuliaq.alaska.edu/
(:
Lisa

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Nichole L
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Equipment

Could you name some of the equipment the research team used when they went out to sea?

Re: Nichole L commented on 24 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Nichole!  For nets we use the Tucker Trawl, Bongo and Mid-Water Trawl net.  Then there's the CTD Rosette, Niskin bottles, ADCP, EK60...and a bunch of other things.  
Say hello to your brother for me!
(:
Lisa

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David Polkowski
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DavidP. Springs School Seff. Will you miss being on land.

Mrs. Seff when you are on the R/V, do you miss being on land or do you like being on a ship?

Re: David Polkowski commented on 24 August 2017 The R/V...

Hi David-good question.  Overall I love being at sea!  And somethings I miss things and somethings I don't!  I miss my husband, land-friends, dog (Oola), and my students (which you are one of!
I don't miss watching the news.  Some days I miss a bed that doesn't rock around a lot.  
lol,
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take care-Lisa

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Anthony G
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Anthony G Springs School Seff equipment

What is your favorite piece of equipment?

Nora C
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Nora C Springs School Seff favorite thing

What is your favorite thing to do on the research vessel that has to do with the research that you are doing?

Re: Nora C commented on 24 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq hosts...

Hi Nora! I feel incredibly lucky that I'm involved with three completely different projects.  So when the mid-water trawl net occasionally hits bottom, it can scoop up a pile of mud, plus those benthic organisms I showed you all in one of the journals.  Then, we put on our foul weather gear, or Mustang suits and climb into the mud searching for organisms.  If their Arctic Cod, we keep about 100 for further study, but observe and count the rest.  The reason I love it is we get to see these wild organisms that people don't often get to see.  The other day we had 3 octypus in the net and they were pretty wild. Then there's the chlorophyll filtering...which is sort of like meditation.  Sometimes my head and eyes hurt from using the computer (it takes a while to write the journals and answer questions) and I need a break.  The lab room where we do the chlorophyll is dark (as light damages the chlorophyll) and super warm and cozy, it's also pretty quiet, so while I'm busy, it's like down time.  And Dr. Kate Lowry is really fun to work with!)  Finally I get to help Jennifer with her drone! And what's not to like about that.  I'm thinking we need some drones at school...what do you think?
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great question! Nice to see you all today.
safe seas,
Lisa

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Sandy O
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What type of equipment do you have? And what is it used for?

Rosa P.
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The R/V Sikuliaq hosts Nome School District teacher Heather Jame

What was the research team seeing with the microscopes? What procedures do you follow when you are about to head out to sea?

Re: Rosa P. commented on 24 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Rosa-the research team uses the microscopes, mostly to look at zooplankton like krill and copepods.  However Dr. Lowry uses a cool microscope called the FLOCAM that can also see and photograph phytoplankton!  As far as procedures at sea, everyone has their own procedures for their area of research, so there are a LOT of procedures with the number one priority being to keep everyone safe!
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take care Rosa and thanks for the question!
Lisa

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Trinity
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Hi Mrs. Seff!! what is one of the hardest tools to use on the vessel?
-xoxo Trinity

Kaylynn C.
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Kaylynn C., Springs School Seff, R/V Sikuliaq

First I want to thank you for answering my previous questions. I was wondering what kind of equipment do you use for your research? And how long is the ship?

Re: Kaylynn C. commented on 24 August 2017 The R/V Sikuliaq...

Hi Kaylynn! The ship is 261 feet long, and seems even bigger inside!  The equipment I'm using most in the Flourometer and chlorophyll filters, which helps to determine biomass of phytoplankton (little algae that float with the ocean currents)
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take care and thanks for the question!
Lisa

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Mark D
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How did Heather Jameson like the Research Vessel Sikuliaq?

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