Collaborative Research

DUML team loads ship for Pacific Ocean research cruise
by -- January 11th, 2013

The Johnson Lab, including 9 students from the Duke Marine Laboratory, loaded and started to set up the laboratory for a month-long research expedition broadly studying how climate change affects open ocean ecosystems.  The cruise departs for the ocean expedition from Honolulu, Hawaii, and heads to the North Pacific aboard the R/V Kilo Moana, a major research vessel of the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The goal of the POWOW (Phytoplankton of Warming Ocean Waters) research cruise is to measure the abundance, diversity and activity of phytoplankton (the base of the food web in the ocean) and associated bacterial and viral communities across temperature (and other environmental) gradients to understand how climate change may impact ocean ecology and biogeochemistry.  The project is officially titled “Collaborative Research: Seasonal and decadal changes in temperature drive Prochlorococcus ecotype distribution patterns” and funded in part by NSF to Duke University.  Our team includes undergraduates Tristan Ballard, Catherine Henry, Molly Reichert, Carrie Schamus, Jennifer Walker, Samantha Rose and graduate students Alyse Larkin, Maria de Oca and Yajuan Lin.  Follow along, as our the team will be blogging throughout the trip, weather and internet permitting!

1 Comment

  1. Tawnee Milko
    Tawnee Milko
    Jan 11, 2013

    Have a safe voyage! We all look forward to reading more about your exciting project and travels!

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