Skidaway Institute post-doc researcher, Chris Marsay, is on top of the world — literally!
Chris checked in from the North Pole this week. He is taking part in the US GEOTRACES Arctic Expedition on board the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy. The project is part of an international, multiple ice-breaker effort (US, Germany and Canada) to conduct geochemical sampling of the Arctic Ocean. The cruise arrived at the North Pole (90oN) on Sepember 7th in what is the first occupation of the Pole by an unaccompanied surface ship. While at the Pole, the Healy rendezvoused with the German ship which is conducting the German leg of the GEOTRACES Arctic program.
Chris works in Cliff Buck’s lab. Along with colleagues from Florida State University and Rutgers University, the Buck Lab has been funded by the National Science Foundation to collect atmospheric, precipitation and surface water (melt ponds) samples during the cruise.
“Our research goals are to describe the chemistry of atmospheric deposition to the region and quantify flux rates,” Buck said. “These data will then be shared with the scientific community to better understand biogeochemical cycling of trace elements and isotopes in the Arctic Ocean.”
Chris is aboard the Healy to collect and process these samples. The Healy is scheduled to return to the continental U.S. on October 12.