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, color, distribute, or share, just click this link. (A print edition will be forthcoming in the next few months. If you’d like to be alerted when it’s available, feel free to sign up for my newsletter here.)
And now, without further ado, an introduction to Falkor’s Mappin’ the Floor Transit-Cruise:
See you on the next adventure!