2014 Expedition

ECOGIG in 60 Seconds

ECOGIG

Jun 22, 2014 to Jul 4, 2014

This cruise is part of a larger research program focused on examining the ecosystem-level response to oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico. The research group leading the cruise is called the Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs into the Gulf of Mexico (ECOGIG) Consortium, which is made up of scientists from a wide variety of disciplines studying current flow, ocean chemistry, microbial activity, deep-sea coral communities, and everything in between. ECOGIG, funded as a part of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), is studying both natural oil and gas seepage into the Gulf of Mexico and ecosystem responses and effects directly attributable to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The team will focus on deep-sea corals, animals that live on and around them, and their response to the oil spill.  To do so, they will re-image as many as possible of the same corals that they have followed over the last 4 years and collect samples for analyses of coral and microbe response to natural seepage. 

Meet the Team

Photo of Sulaiman Al'Sibani
Navigator
Photo of JP Balmonte
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Iliana Baums
Science/Data
Photo of Mike Brennan
Expedition Leader
Photo of Katarina Bujnoch
ROV Engineering Intern
Photo of Josh Chernov
ROV Operations Manager
Photo of Amanda Demopoulos
Science/Data
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of Phillip Dixon
Video Intern
Photo of Chuck Fisher
Chief Scientist
Photo of Sarah Fuller
Science/Data, Data Manager
Photo of Rachel Gaines
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Fanny Girard
Science/Data
Photo of Jenn Hoets
Science/Data Intern
Photo of Nia Jones
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Kaitlin Kovacs
Science/Data
Photo of Melissa  Kurman
Science/Data
Photo of Eric Lewis
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Justin Lowe
Data Engineer
Photo of Michael Marin
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Jefferey Mentch
Science/Data
Photo of Reuben Mills
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Artur Morozov
3rd Engineer
Photo of Stephanie Nebel
Science/Data
Photo of Julye Newlin
Documentarian
Photo of Mary Nichols
Video Engineer
Photo of Nolan Salyer
Navigator
Photo of Allan Santos
Video Engineer
Photo of Miles Saunders
Navigator
Photo of Ryan Sibert
Science/Data
Photo of Sam Vohsen
Science/Data
Photo of Robert Waters
Hercules Pilot

Highlights

Video: ECOGIG: Imaging Deep-Water Corals
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ECOGIG: Imaging Deep-Water Corals
June 24, 2014
Album: ECOGIG: The Beginning
 
ECOGIG: The Beginning
9 photos
June 25, 2014
Album: Studying Coral Above and Below
 
Studying Coral Above and Below
7 photos
June 26, 2014
Video: Life Among the Coral
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Life Among the Coral
June 26, 2014
Video: Visit from a Rare Vampire Squid
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Visit from a Rare Vampire Squid
June 27, 2014
Video: ECOGIG in 60 Seconds
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ECOGIG in 60 Seconds
June 27, 2014
Video: Stunning Siphonophore Sighting
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Stunning Siphonophore Sighting
June 27, 2014
Album: Beautiful Siphonophore Wanders Past Hercules Camera
 
Beautiful Siphonophore Wanders Past Hercules Camera
6 photos
June 28, 2014
Video: Unexpected Biology in the Gulf of Mexico
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Unexpected Biology in the Gulf of Mexico
July 1, 2014
Album: Amazing Coral Photos from ECOGIG
 
Amazing Coral Photos from ECOGIG
9 photos
July 2, 2014
Album: Above the Surface on ECOGIG
 
Above the Surface on ECOGIG
9 photos
July 2, 2014
Video: Brine Puddle Dunk
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Brine Puddle Dunk
July 2, 2014
Album: Sneak Peek: Inside The Engine Room
 
Sneak Peek: Inside The Engine Room
8 photos
July 16, 2014
Album: Corals in Stunning High Resolution
 
Corals in Stunning High Resolution
10 photos
July 17, 2014
Album: On Deck, Off Duty
 
On Deck, Off Duty
12 photos
July 25, 2014