Starting Dec. 16, 2022, scientists and students from UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography conducted a six-day research cruise off the coast of San Diego on Scripps research vessel Sally Ride. The cruise offered an educational experience to students who might not have otherwise had the opportunity to go to sea.
Students conducted various research projects examining the past and present ocean’s productivity by looking at different chemical elements and aerosols, zooplankton and microbial diversity, and the impact of plastic on the seafloor. We led a quarter-long student seminar before the cruise to complement the cruise’s educational goals. This seminar, entitled Shipboard Knowledge Production, focused on understanding the history and legacy of how we have studied the ocean in the past and how we are studying it now to give students a better perspective to develop more diverse and inclusive approaches.
We facilitated a series of discussions around how to make the collection, analysis, and dissemination of oceanographic knowledge more accessible and inclusive, and sought to highlight these values during the cruise itself.
Our 22-person science team consisted of 14 graduate students, a postdoctoral researcher, an undergraduate student, a professor, two volunteers, and two research technicians. Our party represented six countries including the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, India, Austria, Malaysia and China. For more than half the party, the cruise was the first time they had participated in a multi-day research cruise.
During the cruise, we conducted multicore deployments, CTD casts, zooplankton net tows, and aerosol sampling at six study sites spanning the California Current.
About Scripps Oceanography
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego is one of the world’s most important centers for global earth science research and education. In its second century of discovery, Scripps scientists work to understand and protect the planet, and investigate our oceans, Earth, and atmosphere to find solutions to our greatest environmental challenges. Scripps offers unparalleled education and training for the next generation of scientific and environmental leaders through its undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs. The institution also operates a fleet of four oceanographic research vessels, and is home to Birch Aquarium at Scripps, the public exploration center that welcomes 500,000 visitors each year.
About UC San Diego
At the University of California San Diego, we embrace a culture of exploration and experimentation. Established in 1960, UC San Diego has been shaped by exceptional scholars who aren’t afraid to look deeper, challenge expectations and redefine conventional wisdom. As one of the top 15 research universities in the world, we are driving innovation and change to advance society, propel economic growth and make our world a better place. Learn more at ucsd.edu.