My name is Sebastian Sims, and I have just finished my first year at the University of Southampton, studying MSci Marine Biology. Cruise DY034 is my first voyage out to sea, and I feel honoured to start my scientific career with the opportunity of joining RRS Discovery on a shelf sea biogeochemistry research cruise.
DY034 is the last cruise of the SBB series, and "This is an exciting time for the Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry Programme as we finish the last of nine cruises aboard RRS Discovery" says Principle Scientist, Henry Ruhl.
I first set foot on the ship on 4th August, to receive some training as to the sampling I'll be doing. I work in WP1, and my role involves oxygen calibrations and processing for phytoplankton and other variables. Initially, this did feel like a lot to take in, but once I had practiced some of the essential skills, and after receiving some more training the next day, I began to feel a lot more confident.
Yesterday, the 6th of August, we had a presentation and tour about life on the ship with a focus on health and safety. Following this, there was another brief science meeting. Then at last, Discovery left berth 106 at around 7pm. A few of the scientists and I then made our way to the bow, where we spent quite a while outside enjoying the evening transit. I was particularly impressed by the departure of the pilot, and also the incredible view of the Needles and Alum Bay at sunset.