A Call from the Ocean
“I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.”
Angela Warner ’11J, quoted John Masefield in a January blogpost about her experience aboard the research vessel Melville on the Great Belt Research Cruise with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The cruise wandered from Punta Arenas, Chile, to Cape Town, South Africa, Jan. 11-Feb. 16, performing experiments and taking samples.
Miselis Professor of Chemistry Whitney King and Warner set sail to help conduct the first-ever systematic analysis to understand how climate change and ocean acidification affects coccolithophores, a form of phytoplankton that plays a key role in Earth’s carbon cycle.
Travelling through five time zones, getting used to reading the meniscus on a rolling ship and inevitable seasickness, King and Warner were rewarded with ocean views, the chance to work with ocean scientists from six research institutions, and fresh, melts-in-your-mouth yellowfin tuna sashimi.
In the fall Colby and Bigelow Laboratory formed a strategic partnership that opens up research opportunities and other educational programs for Colby students interested in marine sciences. The Melville cruise offered the first chance for students yearning to let out their pirate side to stretch their sea legs.