Field Activity 2019-620-FA

Identifier 2019-620-FA
Alternate names 2019-003-FA (WHCMSC), 2019-314-FA (Kellog St. Pete), RB-19-03 (NOAA)
Purpose Sample collection to determine coral microbiomes and benthic habitat metagenomes
Location Atlantic Ocean off SE US
Summary 1. Exploration of new sites and new areas within known sites 2. Sampling of corals and associated fauna for biodiversity and biogeography 3. Community sampling at seep and coral habitats 4. Sediment sampling at soft sediment sites for biogeochemistry and diversity 5. Collections of corals for live coral experiments 6. Water sampling for water chemistry and microbial diversity 7. Sediment, water, and faunal samples for eDNA work 8. Geological observations and sampling for geomorphology 9. Lander deployments
Info derived DNA sequences, geologic substrate, coral age dating, sediment provenance
Comments This survey is being conducted in collaboration with scientists from the USGS (Woods Hole and St. Petersburg offices) and NOAA. Additional details for the WHCSMC survey can be found at: Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2019-314-FA
Other (Other)
Length: 274 feet; Beam: 53 feet
Two-body ROV system. A 10-kilometer (6-mile) reinforced fiber-optic cable delivers electrical power and commands from the ship through Medea and down to Jason, which then returns data and live video imagery. Medea serves as a shock absorber, buffering Jason from the movements of the ship, while providing lighting and a bird’s eye view of the ROV during seafloor operations. Jason is equipped with sonars, video and still imaging systems, lighting, and numerous sampling systems.
Start Charleston, SC 2019-04-09
End Charleston, SC 2019-04-30
Days in the field 21
West -78.322
East -74.503
North 37.031
South 31.079


2885 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA95060
(831) 460-7401
600 Fourth Street South
St. Petersburg, FL33701-4846
(727) 502-8000
384 Woods Hole Road
Quissett Campus
Woods Hole, MA02543-1598
(508) 548-8700
Principal investigators Nancy G Prouty
Crew members
Information specialist(s)
Nancy G Prouty
Specialist, Information
Affiliate principal Christina Kellogg (St. Pete), Jason Chaytor (Woods Hole)

Data types and categories

Data category: Environmental Data, Location-Elevation, Sampling, Visual Identification
Data type: CTD, Navigation, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Submersible Observations

Equipment used

Equipment Usage description Data types Datasets
CTD_SeaBird CTD (no data reported)
Other Unknown, Profiles, Transects, Benchmarks, LIDAR, Navigation (no data reported)
grabs Geology (no data reported)
Other Unknown, Geology, Biology, Chemistry (no data reported)
Niskenbottle Chemistry (no data reported)
Submersible observations Submersible Observations (no data reported)


Samples collected during this field activity