One of the scientists on board, Chris Brown, visualized the relationship between Ehux and ship morale. The top there is real data, so you can see just how big the spike was in Ehux concentration in our new spot.

In the spirit of Chris's graph, here are some other little graphs I've made in the past few weeks about our time here. They're just pictures taken of my journal where I keep my not-safe-for-SciAm-blog thoughts, so apologies for the quality.


And here's a gratuitous picture of what the sky looked like last night at 2am. Because I can and I think it's cool.

(Note: The internet on board is going to be down for most of today and possibly tomorrow, so don't worry, we haven't sunk, we're just offline)

During this trip, I’ll be answering your questions about the science, this ship, and life onboard. Want to know how we search for plankton, why we’re here, or what the food is like? Just ask me! And if you’re wondering how I got here, check out the groups that made this adventure possible: Mind Open Media and COSEE NOW.

Previously in this series

All Aboard: how you can be a part of our research blog

You wanted to know: what are these phytoplankton?

You wanted to know: what am I bringing to sea?

Greetings from Ponta Delgada! We set sail tomorrow.

Steaming North: how the scientists are trying to find plankton

The superstar sensor: what is a CTD?

Status Update: Day 3 at the Cyclonic Eddy

You wanted to know: what is this virus that infects the phytoplankton (Part One)

You wanted to know: what is this virus that infects the phytoplankton (Part Two)

Plankton hunting: Part art, Part science

You wanted to know: what’s the food like on board?

Wildlife watch!

Jumborizing: a brief history of the R/V Knorr

On the importance of names. Or, “are we at the hump or the hole?”

Arts and crafts day on the Knorr

On the importance of names, part two. What’s the difference between a boat and a ship?

How to stay sane on a ship in the middle of the ocean