Mappin’ the Floor
Three weeks in the Pacific on an oceanographic research vessel, distilled in comic form.
At the tail end of 2016 I flew to Guam to take up my position as Artist-in-Residence aboard R/V Falkor, a state-of-the-art oceanographic research vessel owned by the Schmidt Ocean Institute. Over the next three weeks at sea, we covered thousands of miles of the rolling Pacific Ocean on our way to Honolulu, mapping the ocean floor below with the use of multibeam sonar as we went.
In between standing watch in the science control room, participating in outreach calls to classrooms ashore, and drinking in as many sunrises as I could get my eyes on, I scribbled furiously to distill some of the new information I’d picked up into the following comic—all drawn at sea!
It is our hope that this finished piece can be used to help encourage engagement with marine science in classrooms and beyond. If you’d like a free PDF copy to download, print, distribute, or share, just click this link. Want a physical copy shipped to your door? You can grab one of those (also free, just pay shipping) right here.
Thanks to Joey Wiser, who contributed the fantastic colors to the finished comic.
And now, without further ado, an introduction to Falkor’s Mappin’ the Floor Transit-Cruise:
See you on the next adventure!