Category: General Article
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Summary: Dr. Tracey Sutton, Director and Chief Scientist for the DEEPEND project, welcomes you to this virtual exploration, provides some background on the project and offers to hints at what is ahead.
Hello Creep into the DEEPEND Virtual Team Members!
First, let me welcome you to DEEPEND! One of the primary goals of DEEPEND is to increase awareness of the deep sea, its inhabitants, and the potential threats to this amazing environment. DEEPEND currently includes 57 scientists, outreach specialists, and students. I can speak for all of them when I thank you for joining us!
DEEPEND is a three-year project (2015-2017) with a primary mission to characterize the oceanic Gulf of Mexico in terms of the diversity, abundance, and distribution of its inhabitants. We will focus primarily on fishes, shrimps, squids, and jellies. We will also look at microbes, ocean circulation, and possible contaminants left over from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Our exploration will go far deeper than where scientists usually study in the deep, with much of our sampling going almost a mile down. There we will see rare and exotic organisms, such as this fine-looking anglerfish we just collected.
During the cruise, members of the DEEPEND Science Team will post updates and photos to share their research. Don’t forget, you can send us questions by clicking here.
Once again, we are so excited to have you join us!
My best, Tracey Sutton, Ph.D., DEEPEND Director and Chief Scientist