Subseafloor Microbial Ecosystems at Axial Seamount

September 22 - October 4, 2013

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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. For details on the 2013 expedition and the team's work, please click here.