Ecosystem Dynamics of Hydrothermal Vent Communities

Cruise Log

Credits: Dr Charles Fisher and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, SOI, and Dr Cherisse Du Preez

Watching Worms Do Wormy Things

Para una versión Español del este blog, por favor haga clic aquí. As someone who has been studying worms for over 10 years now, I am...

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SOI/Cherisse Du Preez, ROPOS

Cruise Fantasy Plan

Long before heading out for a major multidisciplinary research cruise like this one, most ships' captains, funding agencies, and participants expect to have a detailed...

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Tom Kleindinst/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Under Pressure

The hydrothermal vents that we study here at the Lau Basin, and all around the world, are what any right-minded person would consider a “hostile...

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SOI/ROPOS/Fanny Girard

Imaging the Deep Sea

Due to their remoteness, deep-sea ecosystems are extremely hard to monitor. For instance, one can directly observe changes in the vegetation after a wildfire, but...

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SOI/Cherisse Du Preez

How Do We Know What We Know?

How do scientists know so much about animals? How do they know how animals live their lives? What do they eat? What conditions do they...

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Charles Fisher and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Too Hot To Handle?

There’s a reason why people are hesitant to walk over burning coals. Barring those who have congenital analgesia, everyone can feel heat, and unless you...

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SOI/Emily Estes

All Aboard!

Much like the deep sea hydrothermal vents we study, no light penetrates into the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) control room. Here, the ROPOS team operates...

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Charles Fisher and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Back Again

Over a decade ago, we established 19 long-term study sites in four different vent fields here on the Eastern Lau Spreading Center. We placed small,...

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SOI/Cherisse Du Preez

Among Waves and Whirlwinds: A Mid-Cruise Account

"Build me straight, O worthy Master! Stanch and strong, a goodly vessel, That shall laugh at all disaster, And with wave and whirlwind wrestle!" -Henry...

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Charles Fisher and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Living Together in the Deep Sea

It is difficult to overstate the importance of microbes to animal and plant life. For example, we rely on microbes in our gut to help...

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Monika Bright

The Struggle to Survive

  Tubeworms are unusual creatures. They have no eyes (there is no light where they live) and they do not have what we think of...

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Dr. V. Ferrini

Bringing the Seafloor into Focus

Nestled between Tonga and Fiji, the Lau Back-arc Basin is adjacent to the Tonga Trench – where the Pacific Plate is being driven under the...

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SOI/Cherisse Du Preez

Inside the Box: Bringing Vent Life to the Surface

Deep in the ocean, far removed from the sun, there is a wealth of biological diversity that exists at hydrothermal vents. As mentioned in Peter...

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Harvard University

Welcome to the Vent Life Expedition

My name is Peter Girguis, and on behalf of the science party and the Schmidt Ocean Institute I welcome you to our expedition’s blog. We...

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