When the University of Rhode Island’s research ship Endeavor topped off its 53,000 gallon fuel tanks last month, it filled up with refined biodiesel, making it the first ship in the U.S. research fleet to use the alternative fuel. It’s the first step in the University’s plan to transform the 185-foot vessel into the most energy-efficient and “green” research vessel in the country.
The University of Rhode Island's R/V Endeavor has commenced its 500th research cruise, carrying a group of faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students south across the Gulf Stream and into the Sargasso Sea on a seven-day expedition. The students and scientists will conduct measurements of the current in the Gulf Stream, sample for air and water pollutants, and collect samples of phytoplankton in the Sargasso Sea. The cruise is part research, and part training for students, who will learn about data collection and conducting science at sea by hands-on participation.
In early April, R/V Endeavor brought a group of enthusiastic students and faculty, led by Chief Scientist Susanne Menden-Deuer, out to the Gulf of Maine to study plankton dynamics on Georges Bank - a historically highly productive fishing ground.
As the effort to fight the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico continues, the University of Rhode Island research vessel RV Endeavor is participating in studying the scope of the spill. The purpose of the mission, funded by the National Science Foundation, is to track, characterize and sample subsurface oil in the Gulf.
Scott Dickison, a teacher from Rogers High School in Newport, recently completed a November cruise aboard RV Endeavor as a participant in the Rhode Island Teacher-at-Sea (RITAS) Program. The scientific team, led by Chief Scientist Anna Pfeiffer-Herbert, a GSO graduate student, also included GSO Professor Chris Kincaid and graduate student Christelle Balt.