Dr Leanne Armand (Dept. Biological Sciences) and A/Prof. Kelsie Dadd (Dept. Earth and Planetary Sciences) have just returned from the East Coast of Tasmania where they participated on a 5 day “Geosciences” trial voyage on the new Marine National Facility, RV Investigator. The ~94m long, $120 million, ocean-going research vessel replaced the RV Southern Surveyor as Australia’s premier research vessel for all marine sciences. On this trial mission both Macquarie researchers assisted in the trialling and testing of new geoscience equipment for the new vessel, including the use of gravity corers, Smith-MacIntyre sediment grabs and sea-floor dredges. Associate Prof. Dadd and Dr Leanne Armand were impressed with the ship’s new laboratory spaces spanning the majority of the working deck level and the silence of the ship. Dr Leanne Armand was successful with a bid for ship-time on the RV Investigator to the Southern Ocean with a team from Macquarie University, International and National Scientists.