Howdy, my name is Will Fortin and I’m the seismologist among of this cast of scientists! I am currently finishing my graduate work in geophysics at the University of Wyoming where much of my work is in seismic oceanography. I am particularly interested in quantifying mesoscale turbulent ocean processes. Here on board, my primary interest is in coupling ocean current with bathymetry using onboard acoustic instruments, like the ADCP and echosounder, coupled with estimates of turbulent dissipation calculated from CTD casts.
This is my sixth research cruise, but first which includes chemical and biological oceanography components. Though it is a change of pace from seismic acquisition, where almost all time at sea is spent in a computer lab, I’m quite enjoying getting my boots wet!