My last week at GNS went by very quickly. It feels like only yesterday I flew down from the U.S., and now (12 days after arriving) I am in Auckalnd Port on the Roger Revelle. Work at GNS was quite successful, particularly with respect to new ideas and building a plan to complete the 2 studies I am currently involved with by the end of the summer. Weeks like the last two I spent at GNS are always so invigorating. It makes me remember why I do what I do, and remember how much I love being a scientist. I enjoy asking questions, thinking about different ideas, and devising plans/strategies on how to investigate them. As usual the trip was much to short, and I already look forward to my next visit!
I arrived at the Roger Revelle, my home for the next 30 days, just in time to go to a local bar. Us geologist need our fix before a month as see with no access to alcohol. Throughout the cruise we will conduct seismic surveys and heat flow experiments along the Hikurangi Subduction Zone. Experiments will be conducted in the north and south, where the behaviors (e.g., slow slip, seisomgenic, and aseismic slip) vary dramatically long strike. There are also large variations in the sediment thickness, which is part of the point of the heat flow experiments.
By the time I had arrived most of the set up was done yesterday so there is not much to do until we leave ship. New Zealand personnel do not have to be on ship until tomorrow, and we are not supposed to leave port until Tuesday. All of that means I essentially have the next few days off to catch up on emails, get myself organized (or pretend to), make a to-do list of my to-do list, and start working. Once we leave port the science party is split into 2 12-hour shifts, and will work most of the time (besides transit days). I am not entirely sure what each day will look like, but it will be a great experience, learning-wise, life-wise, and otherwise. I hope to be able to accomplish quite a bit while I am out here, with less distractions and my current excitement about my research!