National Ocean Science Bowl winners get a taste of life on a research ship

National Ocean Science Bowl winners get a taste of life on a research ship
National Ocean Science Bowl finalists aboard the Point Sur. Photo courtesy of Dr. Vernon Asper (ECOGIG).

April 30, 2015

This year's National Ocean Science Bowl finalists (nosb.org) got a treat at the end of the April 2015 competition held in Ocean Springs, MS. ECOGIG co-principal investigator Dr. Vernon Asper of the University of Southern Mississippi hosted the finalists for an afternoon aboard the research vessel Point Sur, which was just returning from its six-day research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The students were able to spend several hours at sea on the ship experiencing life as oceanographers - they deployed several pieces of oceanographic equipment such as the CTD (which measures connectivity, temperature, and depth for water samples), sediment corer and plankton nets. The students had a great time learning about life as an oceanographer!  Thanks to Dr. Vernon Asper and other ECOGIG personnel for hosting such a great event.

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