Subseafloor Microbial Ecosystems at Axial Seamount

September 22 - October 4, 2013

Location of Axial Seamount and RSN Node

Location of Axial Seamount and RSN Node.  Image credit: Regional Scale Nodes, University of Washington.

Location of Axial Seamount and RSN Node

Location of Axial Seamount and RSN Node

The Axial Seamount project is designed to answer basic questions about how the viral and microbial communities living in rocky layers beneath the seafloor interact, and how they alter the flow of carbon and nutrients in this extremely understudied extreme environment.

Julie Huber from the Marine Biological Laboratory will be leading the project’s first expedition. She and her colleagues will be combining  research and tool development funded by the Marine Microbiology Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF3297) with deep-sea access aboard Falkor to conduct unprecedented studies of the hidden subseafloor ecosystem. The Subseafloor Life 2013 expedition web page offers more in-depth information about the research team's work and day-to-day activities at sea onboard R/V Falkor.  Dr. Huber's website offers additional information about her team's research work.

Information and data products resulting from this research cruise:

The Subseafloor Microbial Ecosystems Progress Report, provides a summary of research activities conducted by Dr. Julie Huber and her research team during the Subseafloor Life 2013 research cruise under a long-term Memorandum of Agreement between Schmidt Ocean Institute and Marine Biological Institute.


Support for research and technology development related to this expedition was provided by the National Science Foundation, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the University of Washington, the J. Craig Venter Institute, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation