So, now that we have sailed back to Alaska, what's the status of our sailing life?
Well, we're back to the dreaming stage.
As a part of our move back to Alaska, I've taken a research faculty job at the University of Alaska, based in Kodiak.
One of the things that I hope to do in this new job is field research from the decks of Galactic. For years and years, Alisa and I have shared a daydream that goes something like, "We're two marine biologists who operate their own boat. Surely there's some niche of useful research that we would be poised to fill?"
Well, I'm happy to note that we have taken our first tentative step in that direction. We have four days of sampling scheduled from Galactic over this week and next, supporting a study of the dynamics affecting juvenile cod survival.
It's a funny place to be back in, dreaming about our next sailing step, rather than living it. So I'm very happy that we have a little biology work from the boat so soon after we returned.
Details to follow!
|A beach seine, used for sampling the rich nearshore piscifauna. It should fit nicely on Galactic!|