Monday, July 9, 2012

RV Bellows Microbiology/Shelf Sampling Cruise - July 2012

DAY 2 - July 9 (3:46 am)

It has been a long day, 24 hours almost exactly from leaving my house yesterday.  We got to our furthest south station in the head of DeSoto Canyon about 1:30 AM.  We are now finished (3 AM) and headed to the 9 stations on the St.Andrews Bay transect to end day 2.  I am finishing up some sample processing while the rest of the crew gets some shuteye.  It is a great group, the undergrads are as as good as anyone on board, and no one pulls rank, we all work together. We are hoping to define microbial community reactions to water mass changes over seasons and over distance and depth, using classical organismal and process measurements as well as molecular techniques. Phytoplankton, bacterioplankton, microzooplankton, and their relatives on the benthos change seasonally and with perturbations to the system, like storms, mixing of water masses, floods off the land, and impacts like oil spills.

Beginning our work at our furthest south station
in the head of DeSoto Canyon just before 2am
Post Author:
Dr. Richard Snyder

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