Friday, May 24, 2013

Chelsea McCurry's Internship, Summer 2013 - Part 4

We just received the sequences from the last shipment of samples. This included Foraminifera DNA from the sediments in the Gulf of Mexico of July and December of 2012. We will be beginning to go through the data next week and I can’t wait to see what we have!

Next week we will be head back out into the Gulf on the Research Vessel from Pensacola. We will be collecting on our three transects over 3 days. The photo shows me getting ready to prepare the bottles to collect water for nutrient evaluation of our samples at each of the stations.

Posted by:
Chelsea McCurry, University of West Florida


  1. Ms. McCurry,
    How many stations do you have along those three transects? Also besides nutrients and sediment samples are there any other factors your interested in?

    1. Chelsea's response: "There are 9 stations on each transect. We are looking at microbial diversity, both benthic (in the sediment) and pelagic (in the water column). We also collect water to look at photosynthetic productivity, nutrient testing, and use a CTD to collect data on conductivity (the salinity in the water), temperature and depth. We also collect data using a radiometer which allows us to see the light profile at a station."

  2. Wow!

    Good for you! If I might ask, who's your mentor or supervisor?

    Keep up the good work.

    Dr. Yin

    1. Dr. Yin,

      Chelsea's internship supervisor is Dr. Richard Snyder at the University of West Florida.

      Best wishes,
      The Deep-C Outreach Team