Graduate student photo
We've published our favorite
photos submitted by Texas A&M Oceanography graduate students
for Quarterdeck's first graduate student photography contest.
We chose first, second and third place winners in two categories--Ocean
Scenery and Students at Work--and also included a handful of
our favorites. All photos are copyrighted by the photographer
and may not be used without permission. The contest was coordinated
and judged by Mike Peccini and Amy Warren.
FIRST PLACE: (Above) The M/V Kenda, photographed from
the M/V Western Hercules. Scientists aboard the ships were conducting
seismic soundings of the seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico. By Erick
The sun sets in Pascagoula, Mississippi, before researchers begin
the GulfCet II cruise to investigate marine mammal populations
in the gulf. By Patrick Ressler.
The Candy Carrier chugs along the Mississippi River in the early
morning. By Erick Huchzermeyer.
Students at work:
FIRST PLACE: (Above) As the last rays of sunlight disappear,
marine mammal observer Todd Speakman searches the waves for whales
through powerful "Big Eye" binoculars. Speakman and
others were aboard the R/V Gyre, Texas A&M's research vessel,
during the fourth cruise for the Northeast Gulf of Mexico (NEGOM):
Chemical Oceanography and Hydrography project. By Patrick Ressler.
Wearing hard hats for protection, oceanographers Liz Harris,
John Wormuth, Jose Bersano and Erica Vidal head to the stern
of the R/V Gyre to deploy an Isaacs-Kidd midwater trawl (IKMT)
during the GulfCet II cruise. By Patrick Ressler.
THIRD PLACE: Ocean
scientists relax on the Gyre's deck as the sun sets. Often during
research cruises, sunset marks the end of a long day for one
shift of workers ... and the beginning of a long night for the
next shift. By Erick Huchzermeyer.
Graduate student Sharath
Ravula poses with a sea turtle on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Contributed by Sharath Ravula.
Seven Texas A&M
oceanographers relax at Bandelier National Monument,
New Mexico, after a February 1999 meeting of the American Society
of Limnology and Oceanography in Santa Fe, New Mexico. By Patrick
On a NEGOM cruise, graduate student Cheryl
Burden filters water. Contributed by Cheryl Burden
The R/V Weatherbird
II is docked in Ferry Reach, Bermuda. By Darin Case.
Recent graduate Seong-Joong
Kim, now an assistant research scientist at Texas A&M,
empties a rosette of Niskin bottles during a training and research
cruise aboard the R/V Gyre. By Darin Case.
Sunset in the Gulf of Mexico is a peaceful backdrop to a looming oil platform.
By Susie Escorcia.