There was no party last night. Everyone has slipped into mega work mode, staying up until 2 am or 4 am or worse, filtering water and/or taking aggregates from the roller tanks and using the oxygen microelectrode to measure respiration rates, or picking copepods to begin an experiment to determine vital rates such as egg production, grazing, and fecal pellet (poop) production. There were very few faces at breakfast this morning.
Today was more of the same, plus the endless labeling of bottles and petri dishes for the next big sampling day (which is tomorrow). The only difference is that today was sunny, finally, after a long stretch of very grey, humid, rain. Tomorrow promises more sun, but the forecast for the end of the week is dire enough that the team from Southampton might run in to Trondheim to buy a tablet because they need to take some sort of computer out on the boat with them when they sample and if they fry the computer, they can't log their carbon dioxide data (and that's game over, man) and it is an awful lot easier to stuff a tablet in a big ziploc baggie than it is to stuff a laptop in one.
We've got a couple of teams going through the night, or nearly so, tonight. Morten is aiming for an allnighter to finish up the aggregate respiration measurements so that he can then be free tomorrow to write a talk he is flying off on Tuesday to give at a conference on aggregates that someone was evil enough (no, not really) to schedule for the middle of our experiment. I don't know if Briva is planning to stay up all night with him, even though only one person needs to be there to move the microelectrode. Nathalie and Juli are furtively counting copepod eggs and fecal pellets because they have reached the end of their first experiment and will be unlikely to finish before 2 in the morning, which means that Annick, who is filtering their pigment and particulate organic carbon samples, must stay up that late as well. And Richard has just admitted to me that he doesn't think he can make it to the 2am probable endpoint of the work associated with the zooplankton grazing experiment that he and Sari set up last night and so will probably leave her on her own to finish it up.
Those few of us who do not need to burn the midnight oil have been drafted into the 6:30 am water sampling team, so that we can all have a super fun 10 to 16 hour day of filtration again tomorrow. Whipppeeee!