Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2015: Mission Logs

 

September 22: Mission Summary

September 22: Mission Summary

We successfully concluded our fourth and final field season.

September 2: Are Coral Populations at Pulley Ridge Expanding?

September 2: Are Coral Populations at Pulley Ridge Expanding?

We were pleased to see large areas of Agaricia, again dominated by small coral recruits.

September 1: A Good Day at Sea

September 1: A Good Day at Sea

The first day of September brought us some of the best weather we have had out here.

August 31 Log: Sponges, Sand and a Storm

August 31 Log: Sponges, Sand and a Storm

The remotely operated vehicle collected a sample of Spongosorites. This sponge is known to contain a compound with powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

August 30 Log: Erika and Rebecca

August 30 Log: Erika and Rebecca

After stopping operations on Pulley Ridge yesterday to evade the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika, we made our way to the shallows of Rebecca Shoal to ride out whatever may come.

August 29 Log: A Challenging Day

August 29 Log: A Challenging Day

Today, we retraced a transect from 34 years ago.

August 28 Log: Mooring Recovery

August 28 Log: Mooring Recovery

The excellent work of the crew of the R/V Walton Smith was instrumental in today’s successful recovery of the Physical Oceanography mooring.

August 27 Log: Mississippi River Plume

August 27 Log: Mississippi River Plume

Looking for answers (and finding them!) using satellite imagery from the NOAA CoastWatch web site.

August 26 Log: Looking Out for the Little Ones

August 26 Log: Looking Out for the Little Ones

For this mission log, we’re focusing in on some of the smaller fish of Pulley Ridge.

August 25 Log: The Mohawk ROV

August 25 Log: The Mohawk ROV

The Mohawk remotely operated vehicle (ROV) with the tool skid attached. The value of collecting specimens from the seafloor cannot be understated.

August 24 Log: My First Cruise

August 24 Log: My First Cruise

Two days before the Research Vessel Walton Smith set sail for the final cruise to Pulley Ridge, I found out that I would be aboard.

August 23 Log: Revisiting Transects Past

August 23 Log: Revisiting Transects Past

The first dive we are conducting on this final cruise is to revisit a dive site from the project’s first year in 2012. Today, we plan to repeat the exact dive transect and see if things have changed.

August 22 Log: Saturday at Sea and a trip downtown

August 22 Log: Saturday at Sea and a Trip Downtown

It’s hard to believe we’re heading out on the final voyage in the Coral Reef Connectivity study, four years after the first cruise in the summer of 2012.

 

 

Check out mission logs from our previous expeditions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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