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UWS Field Expeditions

The University of Western Sydney has 40,000 students and 5,000 staff at six campus across Greater Western Sydney. From time to time UWS academic staff and students take their studies out into the field on expeditions of learning and discovery. Join them here...
UWS Field Expeditions has written 11 posts for UWS Field Research

RV Southern Surveyor crew captures spectacular sunrise in Australian Bight

Day 10’s blog entry provided by Trevor ‘It’s not even strawberry-blonde’ Goodwin. Tuesday 22 August 2011, 22:22hrs Today I managed to start my (quasi) 12hr shift on time. This meant that I could squeeze more movies into my day as I would have the work done sooner.  Unfortunately, due to staying up late the previous … Continue reading

Sun, sea and some science: High tech ocean monitoring buoys launched on Day 9

David McLeod blogs from the RV Southern Surveyor on Day 9. Sunday 21 August 2011, 22:27hrs Well I assume breakfast still occurred although after not retiring to bed til after 4am most of the science crew caught up on lost sleep for most of the morning. All except Mailie who apparently stayed up until breakfast … Continue reading

Calm returns to the sea and stomachs for those on board the RV Southern Surveyor

UWS student, Tiffany Cole, reports from calmer seas on Day 8 of the voyage from Hobart to Fremantle. 21 August 2011, 15:37hrs After the craziness of a week’s worth of vomit and a close encounter with a line of squall, we emerged from our cabins this morning to find a beautiful, cloudless skyline atop a … Continue reading

Day 7 on the RV Southern Surveyor cabin fever hits but cool critters from the deep thrill all on board

The weather is still rough and cabin fever appears to have set in for some on board the RV Southern Surveyor on Day 7 but the team still find respite in their science.  Today’s blog is by Mailie ‘Shut up Seb’ Gall, a UWS student in the School of Natural Sciences. Friday 19 August 2011, … Continue reading

More bad weather forces most of the crew on the RV Southern Surveyor indoors, again

Day 6 and the continuing bad weather is conspiring to curb the scientific activity on board the RV Southern Surveyor, but Blaise ‘who thanks the English for hot Ribenna’ Bratter from UNSW uses the imposed free time to watch movies and write this blog. Thursday 18 August 2011, 20:03hrs The seas are still high and … Continue reading

Day 5: The weather turns but the science must go on

UWS School of Natural Sciences student, Antony Gould, manages to put fingers to keyboard while being tossed about on the RV Southern Surveyor as she pushes her way through heavy seas enroute to Fremantle. Wednesday 17 August 2011, 17:05hrs As we steamed on through the area affectionately known as the Southern Bight, the area did … Continue reading

The secret to success at sea…good food

Dr Jason Reynolds, a lecturer in the UWS School of Natural Sciences, blogs from the Southern Surveyor on Day 4 of the voyage from Hobart to Fremantle. Tuesday 17 August 2011, 21:31hrs Today is a transit day. We are travelling (or ‘steaming’ to use the correct nautical term) from Station 1 (Warrnambool) to Station 2 … Continue reading

Day three at sea: Critters, mud and sampling

Day 3 on the RV Southern Surveyor.  This blog by Luana ‘I love macrofaunal isopods in the mud’ Lins from The University of Sydney. She says her real full name is almost as long as the nickname her crew mates have given her.  Monday 15 August 2011, 20:35hrs The third day onboard Southern Surveyor begun … Continue reading

Southern Surveyor finds plastic debris for first time off SW Tasmania

Day 2 on the Southern Surveyor and time for UWA’s Julia Reisser, also known as ‘The Trash Girl’, to log in from the high seas. Sunday, 14 August 2011, 12:55hrs Ok! So let’s bring some news of our second day on the RV Southern Surveyor. The sun was shining (again), the food was amazing (as … Continue reading

Setting sail on the Southern Ocean voyage of discovery

Chief Scientist on the RV Southern Surveyor voyage from Hobart to Fremantle is Dr Sebastian Holmes from UWS – an accomplished scientist and a part-time comedian.  Here’s his first blog: Saturday, 13 August 2011, 19:58hrs Well me hearties, the sun was shining, the gear stowed, the crew on board and we were ready to plunder/sail the … Continue reading

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