The JOIDES Resolution is the US' lead ship of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). this an international marine research program that explores Earth's history and structure recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks, and monitors subseafloor environments. .
On our conservation project, Mark, Jenny and I had to survey the island's population of reptiles and amphibians. Unlike the "batters" who patiently waited for their animals to fly to them, we had to use a different approach. We knew we wouldn't have time to survey the whole island, so we had to come up with a random technique that we hoped would give us a representative sample. We had just over 2 months to survey the 39 square miles (106 km2 ) – less than a third of the area of the Isle of Wight.