For most of the season, two other researchers were on board with me at any one time. Most volunteers worked for tours of 6 weeks. These teammates paid their own way to be on board because I couldn’t. Nonetheless, they worked harder than anyone could have hoped for. Their tireless high spirits, patience, friendship, hardiness, work ethic, and sense of adventure made all the difference in the world.
Zooplankton extraordinaire, MSc candidate
Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University
For most of the season, two other Bangarangers were on board with me at any one time. Most volunteers worked for tours of 6 weeks. These teammates paid their own way to be on board because I couldn’t. Nonetheless, they worked harder than anyone could have hoped for. Their tireless high spirits, patience, friendship, hardiness, work ethic, and sense of adventure — even despite manual GPS data entry, no running water and no toilets — made all the difference in the world. They got this project off the ground. 2013 crew were Mike Keen, Will Watson, Keri Bryan, Dylan Padgett, Katie Qualls, Richard Candler, and Matt Irwin.
“I approached the Bangarang as a glorified vacation. Instead, the project changed my life. In two seasons aboard, I’ve learned skills from seabird identification to diesel engine repair, developed bonds with the Gitga’at First Nation and fellow researchers, and had close encounters with majestic marine mammals in as pristine and mystifying a place as remains on the planet. Eric and the Bangarang personalized my newspaper headlines – marine conservation, climate change, fossil fuel dependence, indigenous rights – while giving me adventure, education, and a means to help preserve a social and biological ecosystem I’ve come to love.” – Matt
Again the crew volunteered their time and paid their own travel and food costs to participate in the fieldwork. This season’s crew faced inordinate disappointments as a result of the summer debacle of the rebuilt engine’s failure. I would not have endured the summer without their dedication, hard work and friendship. Due to that damned engine, several did not even have a chance to participate in research: Doran Bostwick, Will Bostwick, Adam Wright, Emily Ezell, Luke Padgett, Will Watson, Keri Bryan, Katie Qualls, Sam Watson, Mike Keen and Celia Keen. The burden of making up for lost time fell on these champions:, Matt Irwin, Nelle Pierson, Kelly Beach and Jon Carpenter.
New to 2014
A resounding dream-come-true: a full season, fully operational. Unequivocally a good thing, but non-stop research is extremely demanding. As ever, both veterans and newcomers to the Bangarang scene were absolute champions. They kept the Bangarang spirit alive when I failed to, all while doing world-class work. The 2015 team was Mike Keen, Will Bostwick, Kim-Ly Thompson, Jay Barlow, Barb Taylor, Anne Simonis, Sam Watson, Emily Ezell, Matt Irwin, Nelle Pierson, Luke Padgett, Katie Qualls, Sara Keen, Nicholas Bruns, and Jeff Garretson.