By Roxane Richard

I am a master student from Paris and I came to Tromsø for my 2 months internship at Akvaplan-Niva. This cruise was for me many new experiences at the same time and I would like to describe my feelings about it.

My very first time in the Arctic! My very first cruise! And the northernmost location that I have ever been! I spent 12 days with a bunch of scientists that did not know each other before, from different backgrounds, different nationalities, different locations and different ages! But I was quite surprised how the group mix. As we work day and night, it seems a crazy scientist’s cruise. But the sunlight during the night was absolutely worth it!

As part of the benthos group (Nathalie, Maeve, Basia and Roxane), after all our muddy sampling and experiment that everybody made fun, we worked on respiration, macrofauna and bioturbation. We also keep some samples for organic matter, nutrients and pigments content.

Hoping that we can see real differences between fjords and marginal ice zone…

Maeve (left) and Basia (right) with their benthos sample. Picture by Ivan Gromicho
Maeve (left) and Basia (right) with their benthos sample.
Picture by Ivan Gromicho
Full action with the benthic samples. Picture by Ivan Gromicho
Full action with the benthic samples. Picture by Ivan Gromicho