In December we will be heading to the Gulf of Mexico to examine the effects of the recent oil spill on cold-water seep biological communities. This is a collaboration with Erik Cordes from Temple University, Chuck Fisher from Penn State University, and Chris German and Tim Shank from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. A short news article about the research can be found here. Part of the research cruise in December will involve a survey with a drift camera system to examine some of the hardground biological communities in the vicinity of the Deepwater Horizon incident. We also plan to explore 3-4 as yet undiscovered sites with the Human Occupied Vehicle (HOV) Alvin during the research cruise. Check back for more info soon!