Home again in one piece!

Whew – after a whirlwind tour of East Asian airport (Japan, S. Korea, China!) I’m back at home and awaiting the arrival of my samples from the cruise!  I’ll be looking at the amount and composition of the organic carbon in the sediments and rocks we collected from around the hydrothermal mounds and evaluating how they change both spatially and with the abundance/diversity of micro-organisms.

Here’s the celebratory photo of the science party (thanks to Simon Nielson for the picture!)

IODP Exp 331 Science Party