RITCHIE

1 – Name and Rank

Heather Ritchie, PhD student (2nd Year), Morale officer

 

2 – What is your main objective on the voyage?

Phylogeographic relationships of abyssal and hadal amphipods (Crustacea) of the Pacific Rim.

 

Morale officer Ritchie, pretending to be serious.

Morale officer Ritchie, pretending to be serious.

3 – What is the most unexpected thing about being offshore on a trip such as this?

Finding Ryans underpants on the floor of my cabin.

 

4 – What do you miss the most?

Crisps

 

5 – What has been the most interesting thing so far?

The decapod samples from 4100m in the SouthFijiBasin.

 

6 – What is the first thing you’ll do when you get back?

Have a long hot shower that doesn’t sway or flip from freezing cold to blisteringly hot every 20 seconds.

 

7 – What was you vomit count from the first 48 hours on board?

Two.  Average intensity. Lady like.

 

8 – What song is stuck in your head right now?

‘Steal my sunshine’ by Len.

 

9 – What have you inevitably forgotten to bring?

Conditioner and crisps

 

10 – What do you hope to find in the trench?

If and if so, what species of Hirondellea (Amphipod) live in the New Hebrides Trench.

 

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