Heidi Berkenbosch

Person: Heidi Berkenbosch

Heidi Berkenbosch – PhD Candidate Heidi is a PhD candidate working jointly with GNS Science and the University of Tasmania. She studies the composition and formation of black smoker chimneys, particularly regarding their metal sources. Her last seagoing expedition to the Mariana arc was observing NW Rota 1 volcano in 2009. Heidi’s interests in chimneys … Continued


Log Post: Growth Through Experience

I am a second-year Phd student in the field of marine environmental science in the University of Oldenburg in Germany. My interest lies in the role of microbes within the sea surface microlayer, how they are adapted to this very special habitat, and their potential to influence air-sea gas exchange processes. For me it is … Continued


Log Post: Sea-Surface Microlayer Week 2 Video Update

Crew and researchers give a look into their roles in this Study of the Sea-Surface Microlayer and Air-Sea Boundary research cruise. At sea and on the ship, everyone has tasks that lead to the gathering of scientific data in this expedition.


Person: Verena Tunnicliffe

Verena Tunnicliffe is a marine biologist at University of Victoria in Canada where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Deep Ocean Research. She combines a drive for ocean exploration with a passion to understand the nature and functions of novel communities. A lifetime of ocean exploration has stretched from coral reefs to subsea volcanoes … Continued


Log Post: Islands within an island

Today Falkor has begun a five-day transit from the Timor Sea into the Pacific Ocean. While some of those onboard are yielding to the soothing effects of its rocking, the crew is busy making sure the island keeps functioning. Fundamentally, that is what we are: an 83-meter island with an autonomy of 36 days. Falkor’s … Continued


Log Post: The Small Hours

At 7:30am, the sun will barely have started its slow ascent. Maybe that is why waking up at 4:30am to prepare the instruments to go aboard Falkor’s work boat, Atreyu, feels like a giant test of Janina Rahlff’s commitment to her research. She is not the only one involved of course, Chief Scientist Oliver Wurl and two … Continued


Log Post: Winds of Change

There has not been a slow day in this expedition. As Chief Officer Paul Shepherd and his team scan the horizon in search for a helicopter, he considers what a luxury it has been to have had a whole week to practice this cruise’s operations in ideal weather. Getting instruments in and out of the … Continued


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Log Post: The Time Has Come

The processes controlling carbon dioxide transport and transformation in oceans remain uncertain. We need to be able to model the transfer of this gas between the atmosphere and the ocean in order to create regional and global budgets of carbon, nutrients and pollutants. Technology is one of the reasons why this knowledge has had to … Continued


Log Post: The Dust People

It was hot when Drs Rachel Shelley and William Landing were setting up the aerosol sampler on the forecastle of Falkor. Secured to the railing on the outside of the Bridge, the sampler is basically a vacuum machine that runs huge amounts of air through a filter, collecting dust suspended in the air. It is a … Continued