"You really need something at the end of the day that can help you completely disconnect and transport you somewhere else"

Emily Estes was the Expedition Project Manager for JOIDES Resolution EXP 390 and has sailed on over a dozen additional oceanographic research expeditions. She shares the value of bringing books out to sea and has an interesting approach to selecting...

"Each time you go out [on the JR], you see very different things based on your experience, level and just interests."

Microbiologist Jason Sylvan has sailed on JOIDES Resolution for three expeditions - each time, packing his camera and tripod. Jason shares how he captures photos to convey the work done on the ship, along with personal aspects of collecting photos...

"[the Chikyu] was not on my wish list… but I can't overstate how powerful the experience was [including] landing in a Bell 412 helicopter"

Structural geologist Jon Lewis sailed on Expedition 315 on the scientific research vessel Chikyu in 2007 - his first-ever at-sea experience. Jon explains this riser vessel, the training required for the helicopter landing necessary to join the ship, as well...

"I think that those personal relationships… really make the science stronger."

If you are curious to learn more about the bonding and friendships that develop while at sea, listen no further than this conversation with Allyson Tessin and Ashley Burkett, two scientists that sailed on Expedition 392 (Agulhas Plateau Cretaceous Climate,...

Celebrating longevity with birthday noodle soup

What is it like to celebrate your birthday on a scientific research vessel in the middle of the ocean? Yi Wang describes her birthday celebration while on board JOIDES Resolution for Expedition 390, combining community and culture in a COVID-safe...

"I thought I might speak about – it's a little bit sad – but the day we heard that the ship business is no more after 2024"

Aidan Leetz joined JOIDES Resolution as a thin section technician for Expedition 390 in 2022. In this conversation, he shares his journey to joining the JR, his reaction to the news of the end of JR operations, and why he's...

"…that first time looking up the central stairwell, seeing all the different logos from before… seeing just that snapshot of history…"

Bonus audio! Andrew McIntyre and Laura Guertin both sailed on JOIDES Resolution for the first time during Expedition 390 (South Atlantic Transect I) and sat down to record a conversation four months after their time on the JR had ended....

"…they were relatively long shifts. But work-life balance is still important…and so we had a couple of fun activities that we would do."

Nannofossil paleontologist Claire Routledge highlights the need for a work-life balance while working 12-hours shifts, 7 days a week, for two months. After sailing on the South Atlantic Transect (Expedition 390), Claire shares her work responsibilities with nannofossils (along with...

"What do you do on the ship if you have a food allergy?"

During a ship-to-shore broadcast with a fourth-grade class, one young student asked about having a food allergy on JOIDES Resolution. Two Onboard Outreach Officers, Laura Guertin (EXP 390) and Tessa Peixoto (EXP 393) sat down to discuss their food allergies...

The journey begins in hotel quarantine

Maya Pincus and Laura Guertin both served as Onboard Outreach Officers on JOIDES Resolution in 2022. With navigating the waters of COVID-19 still a challenge, Maya and Laura share their hotel quarantine stories before sailing out of Cape Town, South...

"The camaraderie that we had on the ship is still going… that’s a really special thing about being on the JR. And being a part of IODP."

What is it like to be a graduate student as part of the science party on JOIDES Resolution? Celeste Pallone shares her experience as a sedimentologist on Expedition 397 (Iberian Margin Paleoclimate, Oct-Dec 2022) as an early career scientist and...

"He said, do you want to work on the carbonates in the Chicxulub Impact Crater? And my jaw dropped and I was like – Oh, of course!"

Carbonate sedimentologist Michael Whalen participated as a shore-based scientist on Expedition 364, Chicxulub: Drilling the K-Pg Impact Crater. Mike discusses his interest in these sediments, his time working on material at the Breman Core Repository in Germany, and how having...

"Microfossils help us address the questions we can't otherwise answer"

Micropaleontologist and biostratigrapher Christopher Lowery shares his experience on a mission-specific platform for Expedition 364 during the drilling of the Chicxulub K-Pg impact crater. Hear how he describes how ocean drilling is like flipping the pages of a book backwards...

The Top 5 Best Bits from the South Atlantic

Andrew McIntyre and Laura Guertin both sailed on JOIDES Resolution for the first time during Expedition 390 (South Atlantic Transect I). Four months after they departed the JR, they reconnected to discuss and compare the events and moments that made...

"I have reservoirs of fear"

Maryalice Yakutchik was the Onboard Outreach Officer for JOIDES Resolution Expedition 392 (Agulhas Plateau Cretaceous Climate). During this conversation, she shares the fears she faced from the application process to her time on the ship. Quote from Maryalice: "All those...