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Phoebe Lam

Associate Scientist
Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

I was chief scientist on OC449-3, from September 4-18, 2008 from Sao Vicente, Cape Verde to Las Palmas, Canary Islands.  Although this was a pretty short cruise, I had also sailed on the previous trans-Atlantic leg from Barbados to Cape Verde with Ed Boyle as chief scientist.  Together with mobilization and demobilization, I was with the Oceanus and her crew for 7 weeks.  I am told (and continue to proudly claim) that this is the longest continuous stint that a scientist has spent with the Oceanus.  We collected aerosols from the bow, suspended particles using in-situ pumps, trace metal clean seawater using Ed Boyle's MITESS system, sediments using a gravity corer, and seawater from the CTD rosette, all the while dodging several hurricanes and tropical storms, to study the sources of iron to the Eastern Tropical Atlantic.  All of this was accomplished because of the very able help of the Oceanus' crew.  I grew quite fond of the Oceanus in those many weeks, and am sad to see her retire. I regret that I'll be missing Oceanus' farewell party--I'll be out of the country that week, but will be there in spirit.

Phoebe Lam
Associate Scientist
Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution



Last updated: November 16, 2011