Spain, Caves, & Canada

On Tuesday I flew to Canada, after a week-long astrobiology course in Spain.  Tomorrow I’ll drive up from Vancouver to Pavilion Lake, to spend the next couple weeks deploying submarines with the Pavilion Lake Research Project.  I’m so pumped to be working with many of the same folks who were at the lake last summer–plus all the new people.  This year’s lineup includes:

1. more astronauts
2. more undergrads

…both of which I’m really excited about.

I’ve spent the last few days helping out with inventory and packing at UBC, and trying not to feel too overwhelmed with the amount of stuff we’re going to cram into this field season.  I’ll keep you posted!  In the meantime, below is a pair of photos from Spain.  In addition to seminars on subjects like microbial metabolisms, deep-sea hydrothermal vents, and  Saturn’s moon Titan, we were treated to an afternoon of spelunking.

Here we are inside El Soplao cave:

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…and here are a few of the ladies, posing outside afterward:

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More soon,
Zena

hazing photo, and new summer adventures

Just to keep the ball rolling on this ol’ blog, here is a hideous photo of me on board the Gould:

And because I know you’re wondering:  that is a squid in my mouth.   The hazing ceremony for crossing the Antarctic Circle for the first time via boat includes activities like “Bobbing for Squid.”  Good times.

In other news:  I’m headed out to Spain in two weeks (for an astrobiology course), before  I return to Canada to work with the Pavilion Lake Research Project again this summer.  So stay tuned!