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Seafloor Ecology Expedition 2018

Seafloor Ecology Expedition 2018

Bubblegum coral and elongate goiter sponge at Sur Ridge

MBARI Expedition #453

Expedition goal: Our cruise off the central California coast has several objectives related to three research themes in deep-sea ecology: 1) study the sponge and coral communities at Sur Ridge, 2) revisit a corn stover to sample the colonizing communities, and 3) begin a wood-fall experiment to see how species colonize these ephemeral sources in the deep-sea.

Expedition dates: November 30 – December 5, 2018

Ship: R/V Western Flyer

Research technology:  ROV Doc Ricketts, Benthic respirometer systemDeep particle image velocimetry (DeepPIV)

Expedition chief scientist: Jim Barry

About Seafloor Ecology Expedition 2018

November 30 to December 5, 2018 – The Benthic biology and ecology group is heading out to study deep-sea communities in three different environments.