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Fun With Phytoplankton

Today we will introduce you to the work of B016, the researchers here on the LTER cruise that study phytoplankton (microscopic plants.) This is the 14th year for the group! They study the plant life… {Read More »}



Zooplankton Under the Microscope

As you may have seen in one of our earlier dispatches regarding the zooplankton sampling methods (to read the dispatch click here) the zooplankton team scours the ocean with two nets, the smaller of which… {Read More »}



Marine Mammals

Each year on the cruise, we are privileged to have many encounters with marine mammals -- mammals that live and feed primarily in the ocean. Mammals originally evolved on land and a subset later adapted… {Read More »}



Penguins: Barometers of Climate Change

While it may not be initially intuitive to think so, penguins make up a major proportion of top predator species found in the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP.) This means that measurements of their population sizes… {Read More »}



Shrinking Under Pressure

Monday we reached the first station of the southernmost portion of the LTER grid and started the “200” line. We began sampling offshore at station 200.260 (“260” indicates that the station is 260 km from… {Read More »}



Measuring the Melting (SASSI)

Today we take a look at the Synoptic Antarctic Shelf-Slope Interactions (SASSI) moorings that are being deployed on the continental shelf of the western Antarctic Peninsula during the LMG 08-01 cruise aboard the L. M.… {Read More »}



Water Sampling

Monday we reached the first station of the southernmost portion of the LTER grid and started the “200” line. We began sampling offshore at station 200.260 (“260” indicates that the station is 260 km from… {Read More »}



SPT TV

Last week, I had the opportunity to drive the telescope around a lot. We're not actively observing, but we are making many upgrades to the software that controls the telescope, and trying to debug little… {Read More »}



Penguins & Krill

Hello from the Frozen South! Though we are currently around 200 km off shore, a few days ago we had a beautiful day to bob inshore and drop two Zodiacs in the water. The bird… {Read More »}



Below Deck: Supporting Our Research on the L. M. Gould

Last Sunday morning, Chief Engineer Mike Brett led a tour of the engine room—the heart, the muscle, and arguably the most important part of the ship. Our research ship, the L. M. Gould, is the… {Read More »}