2015 Expedition

NAUTILUS LIVE 2015 | ECOGIG in 60 Seconds

ECOGIG

Apr 23, 2015 to May 4, 2015

The ECOGIG group, funded as a part of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), is looking at both natural oil and gas seepage into the Gulf of Mexico and ecosystem responses and effects directly attributable to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. On this cruise, we will focus on deep-sea corals, their associated communities, and their response to the oil spill. We will also be collecting corals for laboratory experiments and for analyses of coral and microbe response to natural oil seepage. To do so, we will re-image as many as possible of the same corals that we have been following over the last 4 years and collect corals for laboratory experiments and for analyses of coral and microbe response to natural seepage. Our plan is to return to a number of sites where we have documented impacts of the oil spill to deep-sea corals and continue our monitoring of these sites. The 2015 ECOGIG cruise is a continuation of a 3-year partnership with OET to study the ecosystem-level response to oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico. This is part of a larger research program by a group 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.

Meet the Team

Photo of Sulaiman Al'Sibani
Navigator
Photo of Steve Auscavitch
Science/Data, Data Manager
Photo of Caitlin Bailey
Video Intern
Photo of Mike Brennan
Expedition Leader
Photo of Erik Cordes
Science/Data
Photo of Alex DeCiccio
Communications/ Documentarian
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of David Downing
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Mike Filimon
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Chuck Fisher
Chief Scientist
Photo of Sarah Fuller
Science/Data, Data Manager
Photo of Fanny Girard
Science/Data
Photo of Lloyd Godson
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Ethan Gold
Data Engineer
Photo of Carlos E. Gomez
Science/Data
Photo of Stephen Licht
Navigator
Photo of Howard Mendlovitz
Science/Data
Photo of Catie Mitchell
Science/Data Team
Photo of Coral Moreno
Science/Data Team
Photo of Mary Nichols
Video Engineer
Photo of Allan Santos
Video Engineer
Photo of Miles Saunders
Navigator
Photo of Buzz Scott
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Will Sellers
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Styles Smith
Science Intern
Photo of Sam Vohsen
Science/Data
Photo of Robert Waters
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Alaina Weinheimer
Science Intern
Photo of Sarah Wilson
Science Communication Fellow

Highlights

Video: ECOGIG in 60 Seconds
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ECOGIG in 60 Seconds
April 27, 2015
Video: How Does Oil Affect Deep Water Ecosystems?
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How Does Oil Affect Deep Water Ecosystems?
April 28, 2015
Video: Deep Sea Isopods Look Like Huge Rolly Pollies
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Deep Sea Isopods Look Like Huge Rolly Pollies
May 2, 2015
Album: Beautiful Corals in Gulf of Mexico
 
Beautiful Corals in Gulf of Mexico
16 photos
May 2, 2015
Video: Giant Siphonophore Sighting
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Giant Siphonophore Sighting
May 3, 2015
Video: Curious Crabs Get Too Curious
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Curious Crabs Get Too Curious
May 3, 2015
Album: Collecting and Processing: Where Do the Samples Go?
 
Collecting and Processing: Where Do the Samples Go?
20 photos
June 4, 2015
Video: Best of the E/V Nautilus 2015 Exploration Season
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Best of the E/V Nautilus 2015 Exploration Season
September 17, 2015