Unknown Plankton from the Mid-Atlantic

Latest update May 16, 2019 Started on October 20, 2015

Formally characterize a previously unknown plankton from the coastline of North Carolina.

October 20, 2015
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This week I found out that I will be receiving a ROV to use when I go into the field for sampling! The National Geographic S.E.E. Initiative will be sending (actually, it is already en route) a ROV called the Trident! As a SCUBA diver it is often difficult to translate what I am seeing in turbulent systems. With the Trident I hope it will be a valuable to demonstrate the variation in water visibility and in research. Why does visibility matter? If you think about what phytoplankton need to survive, sunlight is a major part of that photosynthetic equation: 6CO2 + 6H2O + Light Energy —> C6H12O6 + 6O2

I will be bringing the Trident to the coastline of North Carolina for a few weeks starting on Tuesday. I aim to test it first off of the sampling dock to get a feel for the movements and capabilities. Below is the company website with the amazing video of it in action with footage. Take a look and let me know what you hope I spot with the ROV! Fingers-crossed for some amazing marine snow videos.