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The penultimate U.S. GEOTRACES section cruise, GP17-OCE, is underway! Two members of the NIRVANA Lab, Margot Debyser and Iulia Streanga, are on board. Sailing with them is NIRVANA alum Jule Middleton, who is the Nutrient Supertech for this leg.

Prior to sailing, all expedition participants had to participate in a seven-day quarantine for COVID-19. Margot sent a photo of her isolation station in Tahiti, which made everyone back home rather jealous.

Those of us back in the northeast wish everyone involved fair winds and following seas!

Margot's Isolation Pad in Tahiti

Margot’s Isolation Station


R/V Roger Revelle arriving into Papeete

Jule shared this photo of the R/V Roger Revelle arriving into Papeete before the start of the expedition