Emily is working toward a PhD in physical oceanography studying the physical processes influencing river plume dynamics in estuaries and on coastal shelves in order to understand and quantify the transport of nutrients into the Pacific ocean from the many small estuaries that line the Oregon coast.

Jed is working as a design engineer for Oregon State University's college of earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences. He is designing and building oceanographic instruments to study the physical processes in the ocean.

Quagmire is working on her own biology experiment and calling to us daily through the Pacific to set out on yet another voyage.

R/V Rob – In Greenland

R/V Rob’s Introduction to Greenland Upon our arrival I was relieved to find Rob securely tucked away in his crate in a container at the heliport in Uummannaq. With a few days of mooring preparation work ahead of us, there was not only time to set him up, but also to run a few preliminary […]

R/V Rob – The Autopilot

When R/V Rob arrived with its bare-bones option control system things were simple. A HiTec Aurora 9 radio controller talked to a HiTec Optima 9 which controlled, via RC PWM signals, a SSPS-105 rudder servo and two RoboTeq AX1500 motor controllers. That was it, all the ‘processing’ such as reversing one of the motors, since […]

R/V Rob – The A-frame

Why an A-frame? To facilitate deploying and recovering the CTD from R/V Rob some sort of crane or slide needed to be fitted to the vessel. It was debated, and finally viewed as a fall-back option, to leave the CTD in the water and tow it from location-to-location. However, the drag from towing an object […]

R/V Rob – The beginning

I am working as a Design Engineer on a project at Oregon State University to design, build, and operate a remotely-operated boat (R.O.B.) to be launched from a research vessel in Greenland.  This enterprise is one part of a larger observational study to understand the physical coastal processes that are impacting the Rink Isbrae and […]