The ALES (Acoustic Laboratory for Ecological Studies) research group at Stony Brook University focuses on the use of acoustic methods to study ecological processes in the marine environment. Much of our research involves zooplankton (tiny animals) and their role in the ecosystem in a variety of ocean environments.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
03 Aug 2012 - The Perks of the Night Shift
Kaylyn here, currently
trying to type without falling off my chair. We're in 8-10 foot seas
right now and the boat is pitching and rolling. I think it's fun
because it feels like a roller coaster! I love looking out the port
holes for when a big wave comes up and splashes them because it looks
like a washing machine.
Anyways, it's 5pm and
it's my morning because the rest of the titration team and I have
been working the night shift. This is because we usually do two net
tows, one at a 6pm and another at midnight. Even though we are
getting much faster at measuring the density of the organisms (Steph
did 20 krill in about 5 minutes this morning), it still takes awhile
so we end up working until 6am. I know this sounds awful., but it's
really not that bad once you get used to it, and there actually are
some perks! I have decided to outline the top three for you.
The first perk is that
since everyone usually goes to bed around 2 am, so from 2 until 6am
we have the lab to ourselves. This gives us free range to play
whatever music we want to, and be silly! Steph even did some Zumba in
the lab this morning. I'm sure this doesn't sound like much to you
guys, but when you are titrating for several hours good music and
some silliness helps the time pass more quickly.
The second perk of the
night shift is that we get to see the sun rise and set every single
day. There is nothing more beautiful than a gorgeous sunrise or
sunset when you're out on the ocean.
Sunset through the porthole.
Me and a beautiful Pacific coast sunrise.
Honestly, the number
one perk of the night shift is breakfast. Most of the time Steph and I
are the only ones who show up for breakfast because the rest of the
science party is still sleeping. Because of this, we have been able
to choose what Chef Kris serves for breakfast. So far, his french
toast is our favorite! The best french toast we have ever tasted!!
So happy about my delicious breakfast! Thanks Kris!
Well, I better get
ready because I'm sure we will be doing a net tow soon!