Dr. Jill McDermott is a geochemist and an Associate Professor in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at Lehigh University. Jill investigates the aqueous and volatile geochemistry and biogeochemistry of diverse seafloor hydrothermal vents around the world. During the cruise to the Western Galápagos Spreading Center, Jill will lead the vent fluid sampling team. The McDermott lab will work onboard the Falkor (too) to determine the chemistry of air-sensitive compounds, and preserve samples for later analysis on shore. Jill will also assist with carrying out surveys into the water column in an effort to identify new venting sites on the seafloor. Prior to working at Lehigh, Jill earned her B.A. in chemistry from Dartmouth College, an M.S. in geochemical systems from the University of New Hampshire, and a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program.