2014 Expedition

BEHIND THE SCIENCE: Straits of Florida

Straits of Florida

Jun 11, 2014 to Jun 15, 2014

This cruise will focus on the discovery of new cold-water ecosystems and improved understanding of underwater geological hazards and processes. The Straits of Florida is a trough that separates the Florida Peninsula from Cuba and the Great Bahamas Bank. Due to the differences in geological, oceanographic, and chemical processes within this region, the deep water contains some of the greatest species richness in the Atlantic Ocean. The expedition will also study underwater landslide deposits and slump scars for evidence of methane escape, as a cause of slope failure and potential tsunamigenesis. Methane venting would likely support rare chemosynthetic communities. Large vertical displacements of the seafloor will be examined to better understand local plate tectonic activity and potential for slope failure, earthquake, and tsunami hazards.

Meet the Team

Photo of Emily Ballard
Video Engineer
Photo of JP Balmonte
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Deanna Bergondo
Navigator
Photo of Stephen  Burke
Communications
Photo of Russell Dauksis
Ocean Science/Mapping Intern
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of Phillip Dixon
Video Intern
Photo of Sarah Fuller
Science/Data, Data Manager
Photo of Allison Fundis
Expedition Leader
Photo of Rachel Gaines
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Sam Garson
HRP Chaperone
Photo of Ethan Gold
Data Engineer
Photo of Todd Gregory
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Frank Herr
Guest
Photo of Nia Jones
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Renato Kane
Navigator
Photo of Justin Lowe
Data Engineer
Photo of Michael Marin
Argus Pilot
Photo of Larry Mayer
Lead Scientist
Photo of Karl McLetchie
Navigator
Photo of Reuben Mills
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Artur Morozov
3rd Engineer
Photo of Julye Newlin
Documentarian
Photo of Mary Nichols
Video Engineer
Photo of Brennan Phillips
Science/Data Team
Photo of Nicole Raineault
Expedition Leader
Photo of Allan Santos
Video Engineer
Photo of Clara Smart
Navigator
Photo of Mackellar Violich
Science/Data

Highlights

Album: Behind the Scenes: Straits of Florida
 
Behind the Scenes: Straits of Florida
10 photos
June 13, 2014
Video: To Bimini and Below: Exploring the Straits of Florida
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To Bimini and Below: Exploring the Straits of Florida
June 14, 2014
Video: Friends in Low Places: Isopod & Skate
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Friends in Low Places: Isopod & Skate
June 16, 2014
Video: Behind the Science: Straits of Florida
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Behind the Science: Straits of Florida
June 30, 2014
Album: On Deck, Off Duty
 
On Deck, Off Duty
12 photos
July 25, 2014