JC010: Mud volcanoes and submarine canyons


Who's who in the scientific team (Leg 2)

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Doug Masson

Doug is the Chief Scientist on Leg 2 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 a number of times, but this is the first time he's been able to use the ROV to get into all the nooks and crannies we haven't been able to explore before!

Paul Tyler

Paul Tyler is a Professor of deep sea biology at the University of Southampton, and his interests lie in all aspects of the deep-sea environment including margins, canyons, abyssal plains, corals, seeps and vents. During the cruise, he and the other biologists on board will be involved in searching for, sampling and identifying the creatures that live in the Portuguese 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.

Colin Jacobs

Colin is a marine geologist at NOCS who has participated in many research cruises, mostly looking at the interactions of active geological processes (such as benthic currents and slope stability) and and how these affect seafloor habitats.

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.

Abi Pattenden

Abi is a PhD student at NOC, looking at epibenthic megafaunal communities within submarine canyons using video footage and still photography. She will be trying to find out how physical factors such as hydrodynamic regime, sedimentology and topography affect these communities. By looking at a few different canyons, she hopes to see changes in community composition which relate to the different environmental factors found in each canyon. Abi's PhD supervisor is Paul Tyler.

Raquel Arzola

Raquel is a PhD student at NOCS studying the frequency and cause of turbidity currents that flow down the Portugese canyons, under the supervision of Phil Weaver and Doug Masson. This is her third trip to the Portugues canyons.

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.

Jeroen Ingels

Jeroen is a marine biologist from the University of Ghent in Belgium. The animals he is specifically interested in are marine nematodes - microscopic worms living in marine sediments.  Even very small sediment samples usually contain huge amounts of these small creatures.  During this cruise Jeroen hopes to get good quality samples from the bottom of the submarine canyons.  After the cruise, the samples will go to the lab were he will analyse them and see how many and what kinds of nematodes reside in these canyons.  It is important that we learn what kinds of animals are living in the deep sea and how they live in order to know how we can protect them.

Teresa Amaro

Teresa's main interest is looking at the feeding strategies of deep-sea holothurians (sea cucmbers) along the Portuguese canyons. She is particularly intersted in finding out what they eat, and how the bacteria in their gut help them to break down their food.

Kostas Kiriakoulakis

Kostas is a biogeochemist at the University of Liverpool and will be sampling water particles using large volume filtration systems and sediments using the multi corer and/or megacorer. Kostas is interested on the composition and quality of organic matter both in the water and the sediments. Organic matter that reaches the bottom of the ocean forms the base of many deep sea ecosystems, so therefore its quantity and composition affects their functioning and has even implications for the cycling of carbon. However, despite its obvious significance little is known about it particularly in such environments as submarine canyons.

Ursula Witte

Ursula is a Professer of biological oceanography at Aberdeen University, in Scotland. She is studying food webs of communities that live on the seafloor. Ursula will deploy in-situ feeding experiments that supply benthic fauna with with algae containing tracer stable isotopes.

Alan Jamieson

Alan is an engineer from the University of Aberdeen Oceanlab.

Xana Aranda Da Silva

Xana (Ana Aranda da Silva) is collecting samples for her research, which focuses on benthic foraminiferal communities in relation to past and present environmental gradients associated with the Nazaré and Setúbal canyons.

Sybille Van den Hove

Sybille is a socio-economist with a background in particle physics. In the HERMES project she is in charge of the science-policy interfaces as well as socio-economic research on human activities impacting on the deep sea. This is her first research cruise. Hands-on experience of deep-sea research will help her to convey to policy-makers the importance of sustainable management of human activities and of scientific research in the deep sea.

Silvia Bianchelli

Silvia is a marine biologist, working on her PhD at the Department of Marine Sciences, Polytechnic University of Marche (Italy). For her PhD she is working on meiofaunal assemblages and nematode biodiversity in deep sea canyons in the Mediterranean Sea. During JC10 she will work with Teresa Amaro on enzymatic activities and micriobial production in deep sea canyons oloturians. Her PhD supervisor is Roberto Danovaro.

Virginia Martins

Virginia is a teacher at the Dr Mario Sacremento secondary school in Aveiro, Portugal. She has been a teacher for 16 years, and has a PhD in geology. Virginia is very interested in communication of science to the wider public, and is involved with a number of natural science projects back home in Portugal.

Helen Candy

Helen works at St Anne's School in Southampton, where she teaches chemistry and physics to girls aged 11-18. She is an enthusiastic and adventurous teacher, always on the lookout for new ways to bring science to life in the classroom. Helen has a degree in Chemistry and is now in her second year as a full-time teacher.

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