Caitlin Plowman is a recent graduate of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology and will be beginning a Masters program there in January 2015, under the direction of Dr. Craig Young. Caitlin will be studying the reproduction and development of mussels found around cold seeps in the deep sea. During her undergraduate work, Caitlin went on two deep-sea research cruises, both in the Gulf of Mexico studying cold seeps. Right after graduation, she spent a month in Ireland studying dissolved oxygen fluctuations and their effects on various organisms. During this cruise, she will be taking samples of gonadal tissue from any organisms collected and preparing them for TEM (transmission electron microscopy).