A normal day conducting research at sea contains three key components: an early wake up call, waiting around, and a mad rush to finish processing samples before each new site.

Every morning as I awoke aboard the R/V Langseth, I knew exactly what was happening out on deck based on the sounds surrounding me. Waking up to the crash of water against the ship’s hull meant we were still transiting to the next site, and I could take my time pulling on my boots. And if I was yanked awake by the deafening rumble of the ship’s bow thrusters keeping us stationary against the currents, I knew we were already on site, MOCNESS was in the water, and I was late.

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