2015 Expedition

Brine Pool: Jacuzzi of Despair | Nautilus Live

Gulf of Mexico Technology Exploration

May 14, 2015 to May 19, 2015

This cruise continues our exploration throughout the Gulf of Mexico region, investigating biologic, geologic, and archaeological sites. We will explore and characterize a variety of seafloor habitats across upper slope, mid-slope and lower slope depths, including hard substrate coral habitats, hydrocarbon seeps, brine pools and, time permitting, mud volcanoes. The overarching goal of this cruise is the exploration of biological communities and associated geochemical and isotopic records of carbon cycling. A primary approach will involve the deployment of an in situ laser spectrometer platform integrated with the ROV Hercules for chemical and stable isotopic exploration focusing on sites of hydrocarbon flux and active carbon cycling. The laser spectrometer is capable of in situ analysis both fluids and bubbles. More specifically, this unique instrument will allow us to make measurements of the carbon isotopes of methane and carbon dioxide at a variety of sites that we explore (e.g. brine pools, hydrocarbon seeps and mud volcanoes) providing important details about (bio)geochemical processes in these environments. We will also visit a side-scan sonar target from an oil survey provided by BOEM that has high potential to be an 1800’s-era shipwreck.

Meet the Team

Photo of Steve Auscavitch
Science/Data, Data Manager
Photo of Caitlin Bailey
Video Intern
Photo of John Bailey
Science/Data
Photo of Amanda Boudreaux
Nautilus Ambassador
Photo of Erin Boyd Horan
Nautilus Ambassador
Photo of Mike Brennan
Expedition Leader
Photo of Megan Cook
Communications
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of Gregg Diffendale
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Summer Farrell
Argus Pilot
Photo of Jonathan Gain
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Jacquelyn Kubicko
Navigator
Photo of Thomas Lanagan
Argus Pilot
Photo of Eric Litvinoff
Nautilus Ambassador
Photo of Justin Lowe
Data Engineer
Photo of Melinda Martinez
Science Intern
Photo of Anna Michel
Science/Data Team
Photo of Catie Mitchell
Science/Data Team
Photo of Julye Newlin
Documentarian
Photo of Katie Nichols
Nautilus Ambassador
Photo of Mary Nichols
Video Engineer
Photo of Katherine O'Fallon
Nautilus Ambassador
Photo of Tammy Orilio
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Beverly Owens
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Brennan Phillips
Science/Data Team
Photo of Brian Raynes
Video Engineer
Photo of Will Sellers
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Clara Smart
Navigator
Photo of Scott Wankel
Science/Data Team
Photo of Regina Yopak
Navigator

Highlights

Video: Fish Goes Crazy in Brine Pool
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Fish Goes Crazy in Brine Pool
May 31, 2015
Video: Brine Pool: Hot Tub of Despair
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Brine Pool: Hot Tub of Despair
June 1, 2015
Video: Floating Creatures Leave Scientists Awestruck
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Floating Creatures Leave Scientists Awestruck
June 1, 2015
Video: Tiny Translucent Creatures in Mussel Bed & Aboard ROV Hercules
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Tiny Translucent Creatures in Mussel Bed & Aboard ROV Hercules
June 1, 2015
Video: ROV Hercules Explores Below the Surface of Brine Pool
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ROV Hercules Explores Below the Surface of Brine Pool
June 1, 2015
Album: Living on The Edge: Brine Pool Organisms
 
Living on The Edge: Brine Pool Organisms
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June 1, 2015
Album: Collecting and Processing: Where Do the Samples Go?
 
Collecting and Processing: Where Do the Samples Go?
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June 4, 2015
Video: Best of the E/V Nautilus 2015 Exploration Season
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Best of the E/V Nautilus 2015 Exploration Season
September 17, 2015