As the C-IMAGE February 2013 cruise comes to an end, here are some closing thoughts from our Chief Scientist, Leslie Schwierzke-Wade.


C-IMAGE Cruise Chief Scientist, Leslie Schwierzke-Wade on deck of WBII after the successful recovery of multiple samples during C-IMAGE Feb 2013 cruise

It is an absolute blast operating as Chief Scientist on Dr. Kendra Daly’s research cruises, especially when given the pleasure of working with an amazing team of scientists and crew. We had an incredibly diverse science party on board, including geological, biological, and chemical oceanographers, as well as two teachers at sea.  This particular cruise, my 9th Deepwater Horizon oil response cruise, presented many challenges with equipment failures and rough seas, which ultimately shortened our expedition.  However, thanks to the hard work of everyone on board, we managed to accomplish several of our science objectives, sampled majority of our targeted stations along the Panama City transect over the DeSoto Canyon, and collected many useful samples and data.

C-IMAGE Leslie Schwierzke-Wade and Matt Flynn (Eckerd College) deploying Bongo nets to collect plankton for biomass and identification samples




These research efforts will enable us to continue our assessment of the impacts of the oil spill on the northern Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, which focuses mostly on the lower end of the ocean food web (microbes, phytoplankton, and zooplankton).  We will compare this data to those collected on previous cruises to evaluate temporal (over time) and seasonal changes in the water column and plankton populations.

C-IMAGE Leslie Schwierzke-Wade and Teresa Greely filtering seawater samples for chlorophyll and HPLC analysis aboard WBII Feb 2013 cruise













Thank you to Matt MacGregor and Teresa Greely for their outstanding job of sharing our story with those on shore.


C-IMAGE Cruise Chief Scientist,, Leslie Schwierzke-Wade