The scientists aboard

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30 June 2013

The scientists aboard
 
The big blue ocean surrounds the research sailboat. Murmansk is now only a dot on the map. From our first stopover in Russia, only the black dust remains on deck, despite considerable scrubbing. Tara is now in the Barents Sea, where the scientists plunged the  instruments for a first short station between Murmansk and Dudinka (Russia). On Monday a long station will begin with two consecutive days of sampling. But before getting into the thick of it with scientific explanations, here’s a quick overview of the scientists on board.
 

Lee Karp-Boss, age 48, Orono, USA.
From Murmansk to Dudinka, Lee has the responsibility of chief scientist. Together with the scientific committee on land, she determines the locations of sampling stations. In addition to coordinating the team, she does the sampling of viruses and bacteria in the wet lab on deck. Originally from Israel, Lee lives and works in the United States where she conducts research and teaches courses on phytoplankton ecology at the University of Maine. Lee was previously chief scientist on the Tara Oceans expedition (2009-2012) during the crossing from Valparaiso to Easter Island.
 
Stéphane Pesant, age 44,  Bremen, Germany.
As co-chief scientist on this leg, Stéphane lends a hand to Lee in coordinating stations and data acquisition. He also takes care of sampling with the rosette. Born in Quebec, Stéphane has been working the last three years for a Bremen publishing company that communicates scientific data concerning marine biology. This Arctic leg is his fifth voyage aboard Tara, including the Tara Oceans expedition.
 
Sergey Pisarev, age 55, Moscow, Russia.
Researcher in physical oceanography, specialist in the Arctic. As scientific coordinator on the Damocles project, he sailed aboard Tara before she began the ice-drift in 2006. Seven years later, he has rejoined the schooner and our Captain Samuel Audrain whom he met aboard Tara and also at the Russian Barneo station. On board, Sergey will be occupied with zooplankton sampling and the rosette. During his free time, “the only Russian on board” will have to answer many questions from his teammates, curious to know more about his country and his many expeditions to the Arctic.
 
Marc Picheral, age 50 ,Villefranche-sur-Mer, France.
Marc returns as oceanographic engineer. After ten months aboard during Tara Oceans, he’s back again on the rear deck of the schooner, in charge of launching the equipment. Besides the scientific stations, Marc oversees the operation of the other instruments on board. At Dudinka  he’ll disembark and return to his lab in Villefranche-sur-Mer, leaving Claudie, his colleague for nearly thirty years, in charge of the instrumentation.
 
Claudie Marec, age 51, Quebec, Canada.
After twenty-six years at the CNRS in Brest, the Breton crossed the Atlantic to work in the Takuvik Laboratory (Laval University CNRS) in Quebec. There she manages instruments dedicated to measurements in the Arctic, primarily on phytoplankton blooms at the edge of the pack ice in the Baffin Sea. Claudie embarked in Murmansk and will be our oceanographic engineer until Pevek, the last stop in Russia.
 
Céline Dimier. age 35, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France.
For Tara Oceans aficionados, Céline needs no introduction. With her safety boots and rubber gloves, she has already spent nearly two years on Tara’s deck.  Biological engineer on this expedition, Céline is in charge of sampling protists in the wet lab. On board since Lorient, she will leave the boat in Dudinka, and return later on the Canadian coast at Tuktoyaktuk.
 
Joannie Ferland, age 30, Quebec, Canada.
The youngest of the group and a novice on Tara, Joannie works with Claudie in the Takuvik Laboratory. For the last eight years, she participated in the Network of Excellence “ArcticNet” campaigns in the Canadian Arctic aboard the icebreaker “CCGS Amundsen.” Aboard Tara, Joannie is in charge of imaging and optics in the dry lab.
 
Anna Deniaud Garcia