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.
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?
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.