So today I began my 3rd deployment to the Gulf working on the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill Response. I am part of a team monitoring the levels of submerged oil off the coast of Alabama. Our team consists of a 4-person sample team, a BP rep, a federal NOAA rep (me), a boat captain, and his deck hand. The Alibi, a 57 foot fishing boat, is equipped with everything we need to deploy Sentinels...contraptions that detect submerged oil in the water. If/when we find it we take samples of the water and the sediment at the site. This type of work is all new to me and I am enjoying learning more about a different kind of science!
Captain Ed...this guy has been in the military, a Marine Police, Game Warden, Ship Captain, carpenter, you name it.