From December 7th-29th, many of our researchers and grad students will be participating in a research cruise in the Guaymas Basin. The Guaymas Basin is a frighteningly unique portion of the Mid- Ocean Ridge. One could expect to see volcanic eruptions (or evidence thereof) in most other parts of this ridge, but NOT in this basin. An incredibly thick layer of sediment has protected the organisms in the basin from hydrothermal vents present throughout the Mid- Ocean Ridge. This research cruise is a collaboration between Samantha Joye's lab (http://www.joyeresearchgroup.uga.edu) and Andreas Teske's at UNC Chapel Hill (https://sites.google.com/site/teskelab/Home/guaymas-basin). The Guaymas Basin has extremely high methane levels, so it's important for our environment that we understand the possible implications of these levels. This will also be the first investigation of rare earth metal dependency of deep water marine methanotrophs.
Exploring Climate Change
UGA marine scientists are involved in understanding how climate change affects the oceans.
A science platform for coastal and shelf waters in the southeast.
Salt Marsh Ecosystems
Understanding the effects of a changing environment on salt marshes.
Birds at Sapelo Island
Either seasonally or permanently, shorebirds and indigenous species call this island home
Exploring the deep
Exploring the deep ocean of the Gulf of Mexico using Alvin.