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Seafloor sedimentary habitats and shallow subseafloor microbial communities of the South Pacific Gyre

William Griffith, ARMADA Master Teacher
Rebecca Rosendahl, ARMADA Mentee

Print Resources
  • Broecker, W., Peng T., 1982. Tracers in the Sea. Palisades (NY): Lamont Doherty Geological Observatory, Columbia University.
    This book was considered to be the "Bible" by many of the marine scientist on board. Although the content in some places was outdated, this book (which I read from cover to cover) provided me with a good foundation for later lab work and research.
  • Furnio Inagak. 2005. Biological Distribution and Diversity of Microbes in Methane Hydrate-bearing Deep Marine Sediments on the Pacific Ocean Margin.
    This article was obtained through the University of Rhode Island and also read for background information. Although I was not directly involved with work regarding microbes, the chemistry was related to some of the data I assisted in collecting. (
  • Gwenael Abril, Niels Iversen 2002, Methane dynamics in a shallow non-tidal estuary. Mar Ecol Prog Ser. 230, 171-181
    Another article read to familiarize myself with the terms and techniques related to my adventure. Very helpful.
  • Parkes RJ, Webster G. 2005, Deep sub-seafloor prokaryotes stimulated at interfaces over geological time. Nature 436,21., July 2005, dol:10.1038/nature 03796.
    This article was primarily read in preparation relating to deep ocean sediment analysis. Although most of the article dealt with deeper sediment sampling than that seen on the ship, the methodology was very similar.
  • Valentine D., Resburge W. 2000, New perspectives on anaerobic methane oxidation. Envir. Micro. 2(5), 477-484
    This article and the following two were read in preparation for the research experience. I found all three to be very helpful when I arrived on the ship. I felt I was actually "on the same page" when I became exposed to the research being conducted.
Web Resources
  • Active web search for information relating to ocean research, ocean chemistry, or ship life produced the following good sites (there are many others): NASA Educational WorkshopSeaWiFS: Ocean Chemistry. NASA provides a broad range of information and provides good teacher resources in most cases.
  • Ocean Chemistry.
    A good general marine biology web site with many sources of information. Ocean chemistry specifically deals with the why of chemistry and its relation to marine biology.
  • Ocean Exploration.
    A NOAA site with many resources including sea sounds and pictures. This site is good for reference or resources.
  • Ocean Teacher.
    A web site with many resources relating to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). A good source of data and political content.
Audio/Visual Resources
  • South Pacific Gyre, 2006/07. Power Point by Dr. Steve D'Hondt of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.
    Good background on research voyage. Dr. D'Hondt was the chief scientist on the voyage and was very helpful in answering any questions I had.