JC010: Mud volcanoes and submarine canyons


Who's who in the scientific team (Leg 3)

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Doug Masson

Doug is the Chief Scientist on Leg 3 of the JC10 cruise. He is a marine geologist at NOCS and has particular interest in submarine canyons and geohazards. He has visited the Portuguese canyons several times, but this is the first time he's been able to carry out a detailed survey of the Whittard Canyon.

Andy Gooday

Andy Gooday is a deep sea biologist with broad interests in the biodiversity of modern small shelled protozoans (single cells) living on the seafloor, such as foraminifera. He is also interested in xenophyophores - giant protozoans that can grow to sizes in excess of 20 cm. He studies their biogeographic distributions in all oceans. He is interested in their ecology, particularly their relation to food inputs to the seafloor, as well as their use for reconstructing ancient oceans.

George Wolff

George is a Professor of OCeanography at University of Liverpool. His interests are in understanding how animals living at the sea floor get their energy and how they respond to changing environmental conditions.

Andy Wheeler

Andy is a senior lecture in Marine Geology at the University College Cork in Ireland. His interests include seabed sedimentary processes, the geology of cold-water coral reefs and habitat mapping. His objectives on Leg 3 are to relieve long cores from the seabed providing a record of sediment transport event down submarine canyons.

Veerle Huvenne

Veerle is a scientist at NOCS, working on deep-water corals and their sedimentary environment. She will be interested in any corals we find in the canyons - which sedimentary regime they live in and what sort of reef structures they build. Veerle is also interested in the overall process of downslope sediment transport and canyon formation and in the associated bedforms on the canyon floor.

Henko de Stigter

Henko conducts his research at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research on the island of Texel. Although his research interests are varied, he is currently trying to identify processes and pathways of sediment transport through submarine canyons. He uses many pieces of specialized equipment to do this and to work out how long it takes the sediments to build up in the canyons.

Suzanne MacLaughlin

Suzie is a marine geologist from NOCS. She is primarily interested in sedimentary processes along the continental margins, but Suzie will spend most of Leg 3 providing GIS (Geographical Information Systems) skills and data processing.

John Polanski

John is one of the Electronics Technicians on the ship.  He works closely with the Senior Engineer and Technical director at Oceanlab (University of Aberdeen) to develop and build power and control systems for Deep Sea Landers. John will be spending the majority of his time this year developing equipment for the long term monitoring of the seabed.  John is looking forward to the opportunity to work with research staff onboard to make this his second successful HERMES cruise

Sarah Murty

Sarah is a second year PhD student at NOCS. The aim of her PhD is to find out whether shallow water ecotoxicology experiments can be applied to deep-sea animals. This is currently not known because deep-sea animals have different physiologies compared to their shallow water relatives, and it is hard to carry out experiments on deep-sea animals because there are so hard to access. Sarah is on cruise JC10 to use her deep-sea respiration chamber, which she hopes will provide data on the respiration rates of various deep-sea animals.

Belinda Alker

Belinda looks after all the sediment cores storede at NOCS, and will be helping out with teh sediment core sampling during the cruise, and also with the other sampling exercises and ROV work.

Rachel Jeffreys

Rachel is a research fellow at Oceanlab, University of Aberdeen. Rachel is interested in the influence of animals on the cycling of carbon. Rachel will be spending this cruise setting up an elaborate set of experiments on the sea floor to try and understand how the sediment community (bacteria and animals) influences carbon cycling in canyon systems.

Wouter Willems

Wouter is a marine biologist from the University of Ghent, Belgium. His main interest is habitat modeling but his major objective on leg 3 of the cruise is to help Jeroen Ingels (from leg 2) to finish sampling of marine nematodes. Wouter is also aiming to capture some marine sponges in order to study their phylogeny through DNA analysis.

Tina Hedger

Tina is a science teacher at Costello Technology College near Basingstoke. She has a degree in Environmental Science, and her particular interests during this trip are in the marine ecology, looking at the food chains and any evidence of any impact on the ecological systems by man.

Richard Ingram

Richard is a science teacher at the Mountbatten School in Romsey, Hampshire. His background is in Genetics and Medical Science, but he is fascinated by marine science and is very excited about spending time on the RRS James Cook, getting his hands dirty and introducing ‘real science’, warts and all, to pupils around the UK and further afield.

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