Gail Christeson – Geophysicist
During our drilling project we need scientists to give us dates on the carbonate rocks, so that we know when we’re close to the impact boundary; scientists to look at the impact rocks; scientists to sample for microbiology and DNA; scientists to decipher the types of core we’ve recovered; scientists to make measurements on all the core; scientists to conduct down-hole logging.
How do we manage all this with a limited number of berths available?
Fortunately, we’re close enough to shore (about an hour-long boat ride) that we can change out the science party as we go along. Our Expedition Project Managers have a complicated spreadsheet of everyone’s comings and goings, ensuring that there is space for all with appropriate male and female cabins. Tuesday was my turn, as I had to catch the weekly supply boat to make sure that I was in Merida in time for my flight. It was sad to leave in the middle of the project, but it will be that much more exciting when I see the new cores this fall when all members of our science team get together for several weeks to fully examine the cores.
Good bye Team Chicxulub!