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!