I’m sitting in Logan airport, waiting for the flight to Phoenix, where I will wait for the next flight to Portland. This year I will be sailing on the Western Flyer rather than the Atlantis. It is a smaller boat, which probably means I will be more seasick…sigh.

This year we will once again be on the Juan de Fuca Ridge, but we will be further South at Ashes vent field in Axial caldera. I’ll see if I can find a map for the next post. We will be deploying an exciting instrument to do some molecular biology on the sea floor in a hydrothermal diffuse flow. I also have a side project planned that involves deploying microbial samplers filled with diffrent minerals to see if different microbial communities grow on different minerals commonly found in vents.

More soon… Hopefully the boss shows up soon and doesn’t miss our flight!

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