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Field Activity Details for field activity 2001-056-FA

Other ID: IB G-1-01-GM

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Kathryn Scanlon Catanach

Affiliate Investigator(s): F. Coleman and C. Koenig (Florida State Univ.)

Information Specialist(s): Kathryn Scanlon Catanach

Data Type(s): Imagery: Video, Sampling: Geology, Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Sustainable Seas Expedition - multidisciplinary cruise with FSU, NOAA and National Geographic. USGS objective is sediment sampling to ground truth previously collected sidescan data and make observations of benthic habitats using Deep Worker one-person submarines with video cameras.


Start Port/Location: Pascagoula, MS

End Port/Location: Tampa, FL

Start Date: 2001-06-12

End Date: 2001-06-25

Equipment Used: GPS (wh), Grab sampler - Van Veen , Video camera - deep sea, Digital camera

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Sediment samples are being analyzed for texture and carbonate content in the USGS/Woods Hole sediment lab. Sediment samples were obtained mainly from Yellowtail Reef. Did not do intended ROV work due to operational problems. Sediment samples; Videos (with National Geographic).

Staff: Kathryn Scanlon Catanach

Affiliate Staff:
Doug Weaver; Sylvia Earl (NGS - Program Chief
Felicia Coleman (FSU - Expedition Leader
Chris Koenig (FSU - marine ecology
Margaret Miller (NOAA - benthic ecology)
G.P. Schmahl (NOAA - biology
Emma Hickerson (NOAA - biology
Marcy Lee (NOAA - data management)
Gale Mead (Deep Ocean Exploration and Research - pilot)
Liz Garamendi (NGS - intern)
Chris Bruno (NGS - intern)
David Guggenheim (Ocean Cons. - outreach
Michael Faught (FSU - marine archaeology)
Jeff Heaton (Nuytco - submarine ops)
Sasha LeBaron (Nuytco - submarine ops)
Tim Bulman (Nuytco - submarine ops)

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Kathy Scanlon (geology, sediment sampling), Doug Weaver (biology).
Project = Sustainable Seas Expedition 2001, Sustainable Seas Expedition 2001


Yellowtail Reef, Pinnacles, Madison-Swanson Reserve, Steamboat Lumps Reserve, Florida, northeast Gulf of Mexico, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 30 South: 29 West: -86 East: -84


photo of Gordon Gunter
Gordon Gunter
photo of Deepworker


Coleman, F.C., Koenig, Christopher C., Scanlon, Kathryn M., Heppell, Scott, Heppell, Selina, and Miller, Margaret W., 2010, Benthic habitat modification through excavation by red grouper, Epinephelus morio, in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico: The Open Fish Science Journal, v. 3, doi: 10.2174/1874401X01003010001.

Scanlon, K.M., Coleman, Felicia C., and Koenig, Christopher C., 2005, Pockmarks on the outer shelf in the northern Gulf of Mexico; gas-release features or habitat modifications by fish?, in Barnes, P.W., and Thomas, J.P., eds., Benthic habitats and the effects of fishing: American Fisheries Society Symposium 41, v. 41.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Video camera - deep sea --- Video
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
2001-056-FA-SC-001 ( GRAB samples)
Digital camera --- Photo
GPS (wh) --- Navigation

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