What does it take to do science at sea? In this two-part series, graduate student Jenessa Duncombe describes her inaugural research cruise to Hawaii, where she and a dozen of her classmates participated in a graduate-level class nicknamed Oceanography Bootcamp. There, students got their hands on diverse research instruments – from kites to sediment corers – to learn about the dynamic ocean and explore a research question of their own devising. Duncombe specifically looked at how currents move and change, helping to transport plankton, nutrients and even the seawater itself. The trip was made possible through the State of Oregon research vessel funds program and a generous donation to fund sea-going experiential learning aboard Oregon State University's large research vessels.
Learn more about Duncombe's story.
Part I: Earning Her Sea Legs
Part II: Pupil of the Pacific