For the crew the expedition was a routine "shakedown," an opportunity to practice safety drills and test equipment in preparation for a trip with the students of Dr. Ben Giese's Oceanography course the next day ("Letter from the students in Oceanography 251").
For oceanography staff, marine science undergraduates, and their families, the trip provided a glimpse of life aboard a research vessel and the chance to learn about the tools of oceanography from professionals!
[85K] Oceanography accountant Cindy Williams (left), her daughter, Molly, and oceanography department head Dave Brooks watch with fascination as Megan Gardner, the daughter of Professors Mary Jo Richardson and Wilford Gardner, examines a jar of plankton caught in a towed filter.
[51K] Assistant professor Mead Allison explains the operation of oceanographic sampling equipment to physical oceanography secretary Marcia Arnold and undergraduate Regina Robles.
[85K] Ken Bottom, an oceanography technician, demonstrates the deployment of a box coring device to marine sciences undergraduate, Regina Robles.
[60K] Marine Operations Manager Dean Letzring, Marine Sciences Program Head Tom Schmalz, and Department of Oceanography Head Dave Brooks enjoy an afternoon at sea.
[51K] Crew members Greg Penton (right) and Dana Dyer (left) conduct a man-overboard drill.
[60K] Gyre captain Mike Field explains a nautical chart to Marcia Arnold, the secretary in physical oceanography.
Oceanography, Texas A&M University
Updated September 13, 1995