Solving Microbial Mysteries with Autonomous Technology

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Prof. Gordon T. Taylor / Stony Brook University
SOI/Jessica Orfe

A Whirlwind

On our last night at sea, I spread my artwork across the two long tables in the library. In a few minutes, members of the...

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Wrapping Up MicrOMZs – Video Update 3

"We can apply these technologies and innovate much further to better understand what is actually happening at the microscopic level in these anoxic zones of...

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SOI/Mary Lide Parker

An Exquisite Dataset

Summarizing a cruise is one of the most difficult duties of a Chief Scientist. I could distill all our work down to a slew of...

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Backstage

As the CTD rises out of the water, we line up in the hallway, donning life jackets and ensuring all of our bottles are properly...

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SOI/Mary Lide Parker

In The Flow

Life on the Falkor requires a balance of being in the flow and keeping on your toes. I sketch in many breezy corners of the...

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Studying the Oxygen Minimum Zone – Video Update 2

"The ocean will always be an unpredictable to work in, but that unpredictability is inherent to what we do and what we are trying to...

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Meal Time for Microbes

Just before 7am, as the rest of the science team is still waking up, I dash around the wet lab, organizing bottles. I finish setting...

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SOI/Mary Lide Parker

Head in the Clouds

Scanning the horizon from the bow of R/V Falkor, I see a massive shelf cloud signaling that a front is moving in. This cloud formed...

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Studying the Oxygen Minimum Zone – Video Update

As humans, we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide—if we ran out of oxygen we would be in trouble. But in some parts...

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SOI/Mary Lide Parker

Building Microbe Homes

Our first few days on the R/V Falkor have been filled with preparations for arriving at our first station. We have unloaded our equipment, labeled...

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SOI/Jessica Orfe

Embarking and Immersion

As an artist basing work on the Microbial Mysteries expedition, it is important to thoroughly understand the objective and research methods. The nitrogen cycle is...

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Image courtesy of Ocean Data View/DIVA

The Nails

When we talk about the air we breathe, we often focus on oxygen. But only about 20 percent of the atmosphere consists of oxygen—the rest...

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SOI/Mary Lide Parker

The Transformers

As humans, we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide—if we ran out of oxygen we would be in trouble. But in some parts...

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