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Life Aboard the R/V Point Sur

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Summary: DEEPEND grad student Laura Timm offers this look “behind the scenes” of the research vessel R/V Point Sur which being used for Creep Into The Deep.

Hello Virtual Research Team,

Welcome aboard. My name is Laura Timm.

Guess what? I am a student like you. I am a graduate student, which means I already have a college degree and am now working on a higher degree — my Ph.D. Someday I’ll be a “Dr. Laura Timm.” I study deep-sea shrimp with Dr. Heather Bracken Grissom.
I thought I’d share a little about the ship we’re on.

Our ship is called the R/V Point Sur. It is 135 feet long. That is almost 4 school busses end-to-end. It is 32 feet wide (41 m) at its widest point. That’s about as wide as 4 school busses side-by-side.

Because we live and work on the ship for a couple weeks, we need to bring clothes, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, towels, and the other kinds of things we use or need every day.

A bedroom on a ship is called a cabin. On this ship, everyone has one roommate. As you can see from the photo, inside each cabin, there are special bunk beds, a tiny closet, and small desk and chair. The cabins are so small there’s not enough room to change your mind LOL! That’s okay, we only sleep here, we spend most of our time in the lab, on deck, or in the galley.

The galley is the kitchen and dining area on the ship. The cook prepares three fantastic meals a day for us. There are also cereal, snacks, and fruit if we get hungry between meals.

That’s about all for now. I am so glad all of you are going to participate in our voyage with us! Remember to send us your questions. Anchors away!

Laura Timm, DEEPEND Grad Student

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