ME005:
Recent Deep Water Geological and Biological Discoveries in the Central, Southern, and Western Pacific Ocean


Session ID#: 27894

Session Description:
The Pacific is the largest ocean on our planet and yet remains largely unexplored, particularly in the deep waters of the Central, Southern, and Western regions. However, there has been a recent spike in the amount of new information and research findings during the last few years resulting from an increase in research ships with deep water vehicles operating in these regions. To name a few, the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer just completed its 3-year CAPSTONE campaign to investigate the deep waters of the US Pacific Monuments, the Schmidt Ocean Institute's ship Falkor has completed a variety of individual projects from Hawaii to the Mariana Back Arc Area, and the University of Hawaii ships have ongoing projects in the Emperor Seamounts and Manganese nodule fields southeast of Hawaii. These efforts have largely focused on seafloor biology and geology and with more limited scope, pelagic biology. Specific topics have included Mn-crusted seamount and Mn nodule communities, deep sea corals and fisheries, hydrothermal vents, subduction zones, "backarc" geology, and geologic history of seamounts on the Pacific plate. The information gleaned from these projects will hopefully be used to effectively motivate more research and to help manage ocean resources across the Pacific Ocean. This multidisciplinary session will consist of presentations of discoveries, and initial syntheses of the expeditions’ biological, geological, physical, and chemical results.
Primary Chair:  Christopher Kelley, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, United States
Co-chairs:  Diva Amon, Natural History Museum, London, London, UK, William Chadwick, Oregon State University/NOAA/PMEL, CIMRS, Newport, OR, United States and Randi Rotjan, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, United States
Index Terms:

3045 Seafloor morphology, geology, and geophysics [MARINE GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS]
3080 Submergence instruments: ROV, AUV, submersibles [MARINE GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS]
4804 Benthic processes, benthos [OCEANOGRAPHY: BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL]
9355 Pacific Ocean [GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION]
Cross-Topics:
  • B - Biodiversity
  • F - Fisheries
  • MG - Marine Geology and Sedimentology
  • PE - Pelagic Ecosystems
    *Use ME: Marine Ecosystems*

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Michael Vecchione, NOAA NMFS National Systematics Lab, DC, United States
Charles G Messing, Nova Southeastern University, Dania Beach, FL, United States, Lenaïg G. Hemery, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University, Newport, OR, United States and Greg W. Rouse, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, United States
Edward T Baker1, Sharon L. Walker2, Joseph A Resing3, Bill Chadwick4, Susan G. Merle4, Melissa O Anderson5 and David A Butterfield6, (1)Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, Seattle, WA, United States, (2)NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Seattle, WA, United States, (3)Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, and NOAA/PMEL, Seattle, WA, United States, (4)Oregon State University, CIMRS, and NOAA/PMEL, Newport, OR, United States, (5)GEOMAR, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Kiel, Germany, (6)Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Seattle, WA, United States
Bill Chadwick1, Verena Tunnicliffe2, David A Butterfield3, Amanda E. Bates4, Julie A Huber5, Elizabeth Trembath-reichert6, Andra M Bobbitt1 and Susan G. Merle1, (1)Oregon State University, CIMRS, and NOAA/PMEL, Newport, OR, United States, (2)University of Victoria, Deptartment of Biology/School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Victoria, BC, Canada, (3)Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Seattle, WA, United States, (4)University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, United Kingdom, (5)Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, United States, (6)Josephine Bay Paul Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, United States
Frank Parrish1, Thomas Oliver2 and Jeanette Clarke2, (1)NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Honolulu, HI, United States, (2)Joint Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Research, Honolulu, HI, United States
Santiago Herrera, Lehigh University, Department of Biological Sciences, Bethlehem, PA, United States, Matthew G Jackson, University of California, Earth Science, Santa Barbara, CA, United States, Kelley Elliott, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Silver Spring, MD, United States, Elizabeth Lobecker, NOAA Office of Exploration and Research (ERT, Inc.), Durham, NH, United States and Scientific Team of EX1702 American Samoa Expedition
Christopher Kelley, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, United States and Diva Amon, Natural History Museum, London, London, UK
Mike Ford, NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Silver Spring, MD, United States, Dhugal Lindsay, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Yokohama, Japan and Amanda Nicole Netburn, Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research & Technology, Florida Atlantic University and NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research, Silver Spring, MD, United States
Amy Baco-Taylor1, Nicole B Morgan1, E. Brendan Roark2, Mauricio Silva3, Kathryn E F Shamberger4 and Kelci Miller5, (1)Florida State University, Earth, Ocean, Atmospheric Sciences, Tallahassee, FL, United States, (2)Texas A&M University College Station, Department of Geography, College Station, TX, United States, (3)Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, United States, (4)Texas A&M University, Oceanography, College Station, TX, United States, (5)Texas A & M University College Station, College Station, TX, United States
Elizabeth Lobecker, NOAA Camp Springs, Camp Springs, MD, United States and Michael White, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (ERT, Inc.), Durham, NH, United States
Les Watling, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, United States, Abby Lapointe, University of Hawaii at Manoa, HI, United States, Erin E. Easton, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, TX, United States and Scott France, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, United States
Erik E Cordes1, Steven Auscavitch1 and Randi Rotjan2, (1)Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, United States, (2)Boston University, Boston, MA, United States
Ann M Evankow, David Stein, Kerste Milik and Daniel L Distel, Northeastern University, Ocean Genome Legacy, Boston, MA, United States
David A Butterfield, University of Washington/NOAA/PMEL, Seattle, WA, United States, William Chadwick, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States, Benjamin I Larson, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, Seattle, WA, United States, Verena Tunnicliffe, University of Victoria, Deptartment of Biology/School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Victoria, BC, Canada, Amanda E. Bates, University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, United Kingdom, Kevin K Roe, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, and NOAA/PMEL, Seattle, WA, United States, Tamara Baumberger, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Seattle, WA, United States, John E Lupton, NOAA/PMEL, Newport, OR, United States and Marvin D Lilley, University of Washington, School of Oceanography, Seattle, WA, United States
Isaiah Jeremiah Klimek1, Cheyenne Y Payne2, Evelien De Meulenaere3 and Dimitri Deheyn3, (1)Virginia Commonwealth University, Chemistry, Richmond, VA, United States, (2)External Collaborator, CA, United States, (3)University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, CA, United States
Timothy M Shank1, Erik E Cordes2, Steven Auscavitch2, Amanda W Demopoulos3, Taylor P Heyl4, Luke McCartin1, Elisabeth McElwee5, Christopher Kelley6 and Randi Rotjan7, (1)Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, United States, (2)Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, United States, (3)Department of the Interior Washington DC, Washington, DC, United States, (4)Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Biology, Woods Hole, MA, United States, (5)NOAA Fisheries Woods Hole Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, United States, (6)Univ Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, United States, (7)Boston University, Boston, MA, United States
Asako K. Matsumoto, Chiba Institute of Technology, Planetary Exploration Research Center (PERC), Chiba, Japan and Leen P. van Ofwegen, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, Netherlands
Kenneth Howard Rubin, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, United States, Robert W Embley, NOAA Newport, PMEL, Newport, OR, United States, William W. Chadwick Jr., Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States, Joseph A Resing, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, and NOAA/PMEL, Seattle, WA, United States, David A Butterfield, NOAA Seattle, Seattle, WA, United States, Timothy M Shank, WHOI, Woods Hole, MA, United States, Julie A Huber, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, United States, Tamara Baumberger, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Seattle, WA, United States, Cornel E J de Ronde, GNS Science, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, Susan G Merle, Oregon State University, Newport, OR, United States, John E Lupton, NOAA/PMEL, Newport, OR, United States and NE Lau Research Group
Cherisse Du Preez, Fisheries & Oceans Canada, Victoria, Canada, Chuck Fisher, Pennsylvania State University, Biology, State College, PA, United States and Vicki Lynn Ferrini, Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY, United States

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