Jay is a 5th year Ph.D. student in the Biology Department at Temple University. His research focuses on the effects of ocean acidification (OA) on the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa. Jay is interested in how OA affects calcification and other physiological processes, and hopes to expand this line of research in his future academic career. This will be Jay’s 8th research cruise, and 7th to the Gulf of Mexico. On this cruise, Jay will serve as oceanography lead and is responsible for coordinating CTD casts, water sampling with the ROV, and preserving water samples for carbonate chemistry analyses. Jay will also be helping with the collection and maintenance of live corals on the cruise.