Teacher at Sea
I was selected as a 2015 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Teacher and afforded the opportunity to participate in a fisheries research cruise. For three weeks in July, I sailed the Gulf of Alaska on the NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson and assisted in a walleye pollock acoustic-trawl survey.
Blog Post Archive
My blog posts from NOAA's Teacher at Sea website are linked below. Each blog entry is filled with engaging photographs to help tell the story. Please read about my adventures at sea!
Teacher (soon to be) At Sea
In this introductory blog post, I describe the Teacher at Sea program and introduce my particular cruise, a walleye pollock acoustic-trawl survey in the Gulf of Alaska.
Welcome Aboard the Oscar Dyson
My first post after boarding the ship in Kodiak, Alaska. Read about our scientific mission, enjoy my interview with Lab Lead Emily Collins, and take a peek inside my stateroom.
Find out how scientists use acoustic data to study walleye pollock fish populations, read my interview with Survey Technician Allen Smith, and take a look inside the ship's galley.
Nets and the Wet Lab
Learn all about the different trawl nets employed in our survey and tour our ship's wet lab. Also, check out the gear we wear and read an interview with Lead Fisherman Kirk Perry.
Sorting the Catch
Read abut some of the fisheries data we collect in the wet lab, enjoy my interview with Chief Scientist Darin Jones, and check out our ship's lounge.
Icthysticks and Otoliths
Check out some of the novel technology we use in the wet lab, learn how fish ear bones can provide important data, and meet IT Specialist Rick Towler.
Lights, Camera, Ocean!
In this post, I describe how we are exploring the seafloor and its creatures with an underwater camera. Also, enjoy an interview with Ensign Benjamin Kaiser.
Back in Kodiak
Final thoughts on my voyage as Teacher at Sea aboard the Oscar Dyson with scientists from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center's Midwater Assessment & Conservation Engineering (MACE).