Wednesday, August 26, 2009

2009 Pacific NW Expedition!

Next week.....
My good buddy Craig M over at Deep Sea News and I will be participating in Leg 5 of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's Expedition to the Pacific Northwest! Craig sez it better then me:
Leg 5 of the expedition focuses on sampling lava flows that erupted during historic time on the Juan de Fuca and Gorda Mid-Ocean Ridges, and comparing them with the surrounding, older flows. Chris and I will be leading the biological sampling focusing on how the communities on older flows vary from those younger flows. We will be trying to address questions such as: How much time is required for a deep-sea community to form? As lava flows become older do the provide new habitats for organisms? How do the species found at volcanic ridges compare to the surrounding seamounts? Overall a great trip. You can follow Chris and I through daily posts and pinpoint our daily location.
Here is roughly where we'll be (departing from Newport, Oregon):
...and hopefully THIS is what we'll be seeing!!
I will be keeping an account via MBARI's blog here. and when I get back, all of my experience will be dumped onto you guys like a bad sofa on the street corner!


Frank Anderson said...

SWEET. Bring me some weird cephalopods!

Mahableshwar Hegde said...

Hellow Mr chrism
I am an student of Goa University, India. I am working on Demersal Marine ecology. I have much interest on echinoderms more on Sea Urchins. But I dont have proper Identification Keys for sea Urchin. Sir could you please give me some information about that.

I have got lot of sea urchin specimens, some of them I could identify like Temnopleura greveesi. but about the most of specimens still I have lots of confusion.
sir It will be great if you replay me

My e-mail Id is

My name Is Mahabaleshwar Hegde

ChrisM said...

The only thing I can recommend in the way of references is to refer to

this blog about references:

and check out this

BMNH online directory of sea urchins:

good luck!

Hi! I'm Janola. said...

I hope you have an extremely productive and wonderful time! Say, if you happen to meet a woman named Kira Schlining aboard, tell her I said "hello".

Hi! I'm Janola. said...

bleh, I meant Kyra. but, she's on Leg 4 so I guess you won't be meeting.

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