Welcome to the web site for Sediment and Solute Transport on Rivers and Margins (SSTORM) Research Group! Reide Corbett and J.P. Walsh from East Carolina University and the UNC Coastal Studies Institute lead the team.
Check out our research in/on wetlands, estuaries, barrier islands, shelves and groundwater.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The A-Team

Good Day for the A-Team (from R-L: Joey Kiker, Leis Van Kerckhoven, Emma Graham, Carolin Seeburger, Rip Hale, Kristin Lee, Sid Mitra, and yours truly in the back)...ok, I mean the night shift.  We had a productive night (I guess technically it is morning; midnight to noon) on our last shift.  The sunrise shed light on an incredible landscape (see the background to the A-team photo); we were within a mile or so of the NZ coast, pretty spectacular.  We didn't necessarily get through a lot of stations this past shift, but we did a good job on the ones we tackled and had a good time in the process.  We all work well together and everyone knows there job...there are many (A-frame operator, squirt boom op, tag liners, the deck captain (that's what I like to call myself), mud cutters, x-radiographer...the list goes on).  Unfortunately for Joey, he has been the teams "lab rat", running erosion experiments with our new Gust Erosion Microcosms.  We let him scurry out on deck this morning to help with the CTD and multi-corer at one of the sites.  Truth be told, he (and Julia on the "B-Team) has been working extremely hard and what can be a fairly frustrating job!  We have been working through a few problems with the Gust system (see the photo of me "fixing" the motor assembly...in my defense, this was after my 12 hour shift), but getting great data none the less.  Our spatial coverage of the shelf is pretty extensive, even this early into the cruise.  We hope increase our spatial resolution near the tripod sights in the next day or so...essentially tying the sites together from a benthic perspective.  OK, time to try and fix this motor, finish slicing a core and try to get some rest...


  1. Good to hear that the work is going well and nice to see everyone looking good out there (even if a bit sleep deprived)!


  3. Hi Emma!!! It's Gillian and Rhyleigh.

    James was showing me your pictures. Looks like your having a great time. Wish i was still out there!!

    Will have to get James to send you some pics off Rhyleigh coz i dont know how!! She is getting so big. Anyway speak soon. Lots of love US TWO XOXO

  4. Hey Emma,
    Auntie Heather and Ciara here!
    Hope you are having a great time out there, by the looks of the pictures you are!!
    Hope you are enjoying life out there and that the weather isnt as bad as we have been having! Im sure its not!
    Anyway we hope yoy get this message, let your Mum know if you do!!
    Lots of Love Auntie Heather and Ciara!xx