Having been offline for what feels like years, I'll now drop in again for about a week... during the CIAC Symposium, I was offered the chance to join an upcoming MAR-ECO research expedition to the South Atlantic! Good stuff: (other than the obvious going to sea for five weeks and looking at really cool stuff as it comes up ): I'm working on a couple of groups with little reported material from this area; it will be my first time on a proper researchy-type ship (and what a ship it is!); and I kind of like the ocean a little bit. Not so good stuff: I will have been back from the previous trip less than three weeks and will leave the day before our first anniversary. We will depart from Las Palmas (Canaries) on 25 October and return into Cape Town on 30 November, zig-zagging our way down the mid-Atlantic Ridge (I believe) and stopping at ten planned stations for nine samples each (three each benthic, midwater and surface). Still working out the exact plan for processing ceph specimens - I have wish lists from about five people so far. Not sure how much web access there will be once we depart, but hopefully email at least, so I can send Steve updates!