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1999 Projects

Current Projects

Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) Benthic processes
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) Midwater research
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) Upper ocean biogeochemistry
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) New research platforms
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) ROV improvements
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) Mooring improvements
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) New in-situ Instruments
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) Information management and archiving
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) Education and outreach
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) 1998 Projects
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) 1997 Projects


1999 Projects: Midwater research

Population and taxonomic analysis of select midwater and benthic organisms

Project lead/manager: George I. Matsumoto
Project team: James Barry, Gerald Crowe (Waikiki Aquarium), Randy Kochevar, Kevin Raskoff, Bruce Robison, and Chris Scholin

Expanding our knowledge of the deep-sea environment first requires identification of organisms. Molecular analysis is a valuable tool for validating taxonomic identifications based on morphological descriptions and revealing details on taxonomic and ecological relationships. This project will apply molecular techniques to a taxonomic analysis of selected marine organisms, starting with members of the Phylum Ctenophora (comb jellies) and clams found at cold seeps. These methods are especially advantageous with ctenophores, which as a group exhibit few morphological characteristics and have left no significant fossil record. This research will provide insight into the inter- and intraphyletic relationships within and between phyla. This project will also provide a better understanding of the genetic structure of cold-seep communities and, possibly, the natural history and gene flow of the clam species found within these communities.

Last updated: 07 October 2004