Conall is a currently a biology major in his senior year at Temple University.  His ongoing research project at Temple involves ocean acidification and the physiological responses of the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa.  This is Conall’s first scientific research cruise and he is excited to gain a lot of experience at sea.  On board the Falkor he will be helping out Jay with water sampling and CTD casts.  Also, he will assist Dr. Cordes with the collection of gorgonian corals and determine the effects of oil and dispersants on these corals.