D334: Monitoring ocean circulation in the Atlantic


Who's who in the scientific team

Stuart Cunningham

Stuart is the Chief Scientist for D334 and well experienced in leading the expedition having been to sea over 30 times. He is also the Principal Investigator on the science project to which this cruise is contributing. As well as organising the science and technical teams at sea he liaises with the Captain and crew to make sure the science plan can be met. This is a big task in itself. Plans can change regularly at sea due to unforeseen hold ups, bad weather, or problems with the kit and equipment.

Darren Rayner

Darren is a research scientist at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. There, amongst other tasks, he helps to carefully engineer the design of the moorings to ensure that they can withstand the pressures and strains of deployment/recovery and spending up to one year at the bottom of the sea in unforgiving conditions.  This is Darren’s 10th time at sea and his 5th voyage on RRS Discovery.

Maria Paz Chidichimo

Maria Paz is a PhD oceanography student from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and Climate in Germany where she is researching the contribution of eastern boundary density variability to the MOC. This is her third time at sea, having participated in two successful previous mooring trips before – one on the Discovery and another on the German research vessel RV Poseiden. Maria Paz leads the 12:00 – 20:00 science watch working with Damien and Zoli!

Damien Desbruyeres

Damien is an oceanography Master’s student from University of Bretagne Occidentale in Brest in France. He spent last year on an exchange to the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton before returning home in the autumn.  This is Damien’s first deep-sea cruise. In his spare time he can usually be found with his head buried in notes catching up on the lectures he has sacrificed in order to see theoretical oceanography in practice!

Zoli Szuts  

Zoli is a research scientist from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and Climate in Hamburg, where he is researching techniques and methods to calculate the Atlantic Overturning strength.  Before this, Zoli studied in the United States, where he gained sea-going experience and his PhD in physical oceanography at the University of Washington in Seattle. 

Malthe Heineman

Malthe completes the trio of Max Planck personnel onboard the ship. He is a final-year PhD student studying a historical warm phase of the Earth’s history known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum when the planet’s temperature was markedly warmer than it is today.  This is his first research cruise.

Gerard McCarthy

Gerard is a PhD student from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, where he analysing data gathered by free-floating sensors named Argo floats for his thesis. This is his second time at sea having sailed recently to Antarctica on the RRS James Clark Ross.  For this voyage, Gerard has threatened not to shave his beard, although time will reveal the idleness of this threat!

Craig Wallace

As well as keeping updates for the cruise diary, I also lead the 08:00-16:00 science watch!  Working with me are Malthe and Gerard. Back home I am a member of the co-ordination team for the UK-led RAPID Climate Change Programme which provides the funding and support for this project.

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