So, what exactly is it that I’m doing out here? The Scripps Institution of Oceanography ROV being deployed over the side of the ship. For one, I’m learning a lot about the animals that live on the seafloor and in seafloor sediment (aka “mud”), but for my own research- I’m sticking to the animals that live in the water column- animals that spend all or part of their lives entirely in the open ocean.
The author, Amanda Netburn, buried in sea urchins. Whew, I can’t believe we’ve only been out here for two days! The Shelf and Midwater teams have combined to form the “Zonation Zombies”.
Holiday cheer meets analytics lab. Yes! The ship is loaded with equipment! Scientists! Gear! Instruments! Rubber boots and glass jars! The last couple of days of preparation have been busy.
The San Diego Coastal Expedition is a two-part student-led research program to characterize the marine environment of the coast of San Diego County. In June and July, scientists participating in SDCoastEx I discovered a methane seep off the coast of San Diego (Union Tribune Story, KPBS Story), located a sunken whale and studied the physics and chemistry of the offshore environment.