July 2014

SECOORA 2014 Annual Report

This marks SECOORA’s second Annual Report in which we highlight how our collective efforts are impacting the southeast region. As you read the report, please note the information you find valuable and send us your feedback

Congratulations New SECOORA Executive Committee


Congratulations to the new SECOORA Executive Committee! 
Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Chairman
Rick DeVoe, Vice-Chairman
Jim Nelson, Secretary
Peter Hamilton, Treasurer
Richard Dodge, At Large
We are honored to be working with this talented group of individuals. SECOORA Executive Committee plays an important role in sustaining our success in the Southeast Region. If you are interested in becoming a SECOORA member, please visit: http://secoora.org/about/governance/join

Deep-Sea Survey in the Gulf of Mexico

With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) a group of researchers from Duke University, North Carolina State University and University of Oregon just completed an intensive deep-sea survey in the Gulf of Mexico. 
Photo courtesy of North Carolina State University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 
The major objective of this research cruise was to advance understanding of connectivity in the deep sea. This was done with sophisticated ocean observing technology and platforms including the state-of-the-art deep sea submersible Alvin.
Using taxa found at cold seeps the researchers will quantify variability in oceanographic circulation, life histories and biological genetics. Mooring recoveries and deployments, Alvin seep sampling, MOCNESS plankton sampling, AUV Sentry high-resolution mapping, CTD casts, XBT’s and Hydrophone were all conducted. 
Photo courtesy of North Carolina State University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 
SECOORA PI Ruoying He (also a co-PI of this NSF project) was a member of the survey science team, making his first Alvin dive to 2500 m (8202 feet). Some of the photos taken during the cruise and his Alvin dive can be viewed here.
"My exploration on board Alvin was a very exciting experience. The entire divewasapproximately 8 hours. It took Alvin about 3 hours round-trip traveling between the ocean surface and bottom, and during the rest of time, we wereat the sea floor observing and taking samples. While I knew there is a deep sea marine ecosystem from reading text books and scientific papers, I was still completely blown away when I saw a myriad of marine lives in the pitch dark, freezing cold environment at the bottom of the gulf nearly two miles below the surface. This reminds me how essential observations are for understanding our ocean.” Ruoying said to SECOORA staff.  
Photo courtesy of North Carolina State University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 

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