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By Morgan Ostendorf, University of Washington, on the vessel Oscar Dyson

Everyone has made it to Seward safe and sound for the Gulf of Alaska Project’s Spring cruise on the NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson. Some of us were a little worried that we weren’t going to make it when the pilot of our airplane announced that we were going to have to land in Fairbanks and take a bus down to Anchorage because of ash coming from a volcano. Thankfully it was just an April Fools joke.

At the moment, almost everything has been loaded onto the ship and we are in the process of setting up lab spaces and tying everything down. We plan to depart Thursday for our research area off southeast Alaska. So far the weather has been beautiful and I’m hoping that the weather continues to cooperate. 

Seward, AK (Photo credit: M. Ostendorf)

Morgan and Lisa set up a microscope in the lab (Photo credit: M. Ostendorf)

Ana and Marie set up a clean area for measuring iron dissolved in seawater (Photo credit: M. Ostendorf)