About the author
Ariana is the webmaster for Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory.
In the Spring of 2011 five undergraduates from Columbia University were selected to participate in a new class called ‘Sea-going Experience in Earth Sciences’ taught by Professors Maya Tolstoy and Donna Shillington. Classes were held during the semester that introduced the students to some of the basics concepts of what goes into conceiving, proposing, conducting and learning from a scientific research cruise. Having been prepared with both general and cruise-specific background the five then boldly ventured out to sea to participate in a three-week leg of a cruise aboard the R/V Marcus G. Langseth, funded by the National Science Foundation, to image the source of the Great Alaskan Earthquake. Led by Chief Scientist, Donna Shillington, the five kept this daily blog as part of their class work, to inform the outside world of their adventures.
Inspired by the life and work of Lamont-Doherty legendary sea-going scientist, John B. Diebold, the group named themselves Team Diebold.