Today we spent moving supplies to the R/V Kilo Moana and setting up the labs. Our new home for the next 10 days! The research vessel (R/V) Kilo Moana is a 186 foot, twin hull vessel. Tomorrow morning we will steam out to Station Aloha which is about 115 kilometers (~71.5 miles) off the North Shore coast of Oahu. We will leave from the Univ. of Hawaii Marine Center in Honolulu and steam around Oahu and up to Station Aloha. It should take us about 10 hours to get to station. Once we are on station we will begin our measurements and rotations. All of the C-MORE students are broken up into 5 groups of 3 students and we will rotate between 5 different types of measurements; Biomass, Metabolism, Diversity and Enumeration of the Microbial Community, Flow Cytometry, Optics and deck work. I will describe these in more detail once I do the rotations. Now it is time for me to get some sleep before the departure tomorrow morning at 7am!
Sarah Q. Foster
Sarah is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the Fulweiler Lab. This blog documents her experience taking a summer course "Microbial Oceanography: From genome to biome" at C-MORE at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.