These are the memoirs of a benched research diver.
Last Friday (6.18.16) I felt sinus pressure while we were on Tanaga Island (yeah, Day 1… I know…), and since then I have been out of the water and dry, topside of the R/V Oceanus. As I watched my labmates toil in effort to deploy nine benthic respiration chambers in the Bering Sea, at first I felt like “that guy” just sitting on the boat. However, that is far from the truth.
In some shape or form, there are so many things to be done on the boat, that it is nearly impossible to escape the endless work. For me, this is great! Data. Data. Data. Since the R/V Oceanus keeps all of us contained and within touching distance of each other, we have the ability to record data that would otherwise take us a year to process if we were on the mainland (Scientists have lives outside of science too… Sort of).
In summary, although I am not diving, there is a ton of stuff to do on topside. And there are never enough hours in the day. Here are some pictures to prove it...