Hi, I’m Will! I just finished my undergrad and I am starting my PhD in seismology in the fall. This is my second time at sea and my first time being out for more than a few days. Being out to sea for an extended period is very different than what I have already experienced. The students are divided into 3 watches or shifts to monitor the various equipment on board such as the Knudsen or chirp which is used to measure bathymetry and shallow sediments. My watches are from 0400 to 0800 and 1600 to 2000 ship time. With three people assigned to my watch we are able to take turns monitoring and learning how to process the data.
Besides attending my assigned watch, we spend time with science meetings as well every day at 1300. During these meetings we are lectured on the various parts of active source data collection and processing. I have gained a much deeper appreciation for all the details that go into generating a seismic reflection image. Outside of the science I take time to go outside and enjoy the view. When we are closes to shore the snow-capped mountains are visible and the sight of them will never get old. When I get the chance, I also make time for the gym on board. Despite my sea sickness this has been a great experience so far.
Students aboard the R/V Langseth. From left: Will, Gokce,
Hongda, Lucia, Ellyn , Brandon. Photo credit: Anne Becel.
An Alaska sunset at nearly 11:30 pm viewed from the R/V
Langseth. June 11, 2019. Photo credit: Anne Becel.