View from the RVWS state room porthole. Florida Keys.

By: Cammie Ogden-Fung

June 11, 2015

On Wednesday, June 10th, 2015, I departed on my first research cruise from Miami, Florida. I'm a third-year undergraduate student at Bowdoin College, studying Environmental Studies and Earth and Oceanographic Science. I have a mixed bag of research experience, but my most recent project used the Laser In Situ Scattering and Transmissometer (LISST) to test the particle concentration and size distribution throughout the water column in Harpswell Sound, Maine. I had the opportunity to take part in the OSTRICH cruise, because of my summer research internship in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program with the Cowen-Sponaugle lab at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center.

We are currently in search of an eddy around the Florida Keys and have deployed DPI-2 (formerly ISIIS) once in order to help determine the location of the edge of the eddy. We have been aboard the ship for about two days and I'm already completely exhausted. But it's truly an amazing experience to be doing field work at sea and I'm interested in learning more about how the physical features of the ocean affect plankton and larval fish distribution.

I'm very excited to be a part of this research team and gain first hand experience working with the DPI-2 and MOCNESS, as well as learn about lab protocols at sea. I can't wait to see how this adventure unfolds!