A regular schedule and a one-pot dinner

Part of the attraction of our work in Nunavut is the fact that no one has ever systematically explored for fossils in these areas before. The rocks are generally well-exposed, and each day we can look forward to the potential of making discoveries that represent new knowledge and help us understand the history of life on earth. (Photo from previous expedition by Ted Daeschler)

The team is doing great. It's just the four of us -- Neil Shubin from the University of Chicago, Marcus Davis, a professor in Georgia, and Mark Webster, a professor at the University of Chicago who studies trilobites -- and we’re getting along well, which is important.

Every day we make a plan and go out and do what we need to do. We keep a regular schedule. We get up at 6 or 6:30 a.m. We need to check in by radio with the research base at 7:30 a.m. every day. Then we start to work at 8 a.m. We come back to our base camp at 5 or 5:30 p.m., prepare dinner and eat it around 7 or 7:30 p.m., then we’re in bed by 9 or so. There’s not a lot of entertainment up here. We read books. Neil brought a Kindle.

Tonight we’re going to have pasta with red sauce. We make some really good food. We do pay a lot of attention to food and to preparing the food. Usually we have pasta or a chili dish. Big one-pot foods, comfort foods. We eat lots of chocolate, energy bars and coffee. For breakfast we have coffee and granola.

My wife Emily is keeping me up to date with the Phillies.