Education is the key to awareness. As a marine scientist, I am privileged to work closely with organisms that tend to hide from the human eye, and I feel that it is my responsibility to share my knowledge in a way that resounds with both my peers in the scientific community and the broader public. Publications are more than symbols of affirmation for my research – they are also valuable educational tools.
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Marine Bioinvasions: The Biologist’s Eyes
The Charles W. Morgan is not just a piece of living history. Through her 38th Voyage, the ship also provides a window into the biological past.
History Alive: The Future of the Past
For those fortunate enough to visit the ship at her home in Mystic Seaport, to step on her deck is to be inspired by what she accomplished both in her whaling career and during the 38th Voyage.
Ishmael’s Plankton Net: Teaching Marine Science Aboard the Charles W. Morgan
“What are you doing?” he asks. Accustomed to such questions, Molly responds with one enthusiastic word: “Science!”
The Pressure is On: From Whales to Conservation
In this era of technological innovation, the whalers leave a legacy that they never could have imagined.
Whaling Through Wind and Weather
Even more than the presence of whales, this subtle factor contributed heavily to the success of a whaling expedition.
A Living, Breathing, Nutrient-Recycling Bin
When whales return to the surface to breathe, they make their own nutrient contribution to the photic zone. This form of nutrient-recycling - known as a “whale pump” - helps maintain photosynthesis in areas frequented by whales.
The Greatest Naturalists on Earth
The data collection of the past few weeks has allowed the voyagers a deeper understanding of the waters they traverse. With this in mind, the possibility of finally sighting a whale becomes even more exciting.
Captain Ahab’s Copepods
These minuscule organisms do more than just feed Melville’s monsters.
Secchi Disk: The Scientific Frisbee
“Though the odds of a whale sighting while at port in Buzzards Bay were quite low at this time of year…”
Eavesdropping on Echolocation
As hydrophones of the twenty-first century replace the harpoons of old, the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is a poignant example of how our changing perspective of the ocean inspires new forms of science.
Maury’s Ghost: How History and Science Unite on the 38th Voyage
The practice of maintaining a scientific logbook is more than just tradition - it is crucial to our understanding of our modern-day sea.
When Stars Become Satellites: Navigating and Science
The 38th Voyage marks the first time that twenty-first century navigational equipment has found a home on this nineteenth-century vessel.
It’s Raining Buckets: Simple Tools and Climate Monitoring
This simple bucket can be used to simultaneously provide at least four different types of scientific data during each sampling period on the 38th Voyage.