C-MORE Research and Education Cruises

Photo of Sam Wilson.

Hawaii Ocean Experiment — Dynamics of Light and Nutrients
21 May–22 September 2012
Chief Scientist Sam Wilson

  • C-MORE will conduct a “continuous” long-term field experiment at Station ALOHA to observe and interpret temporal variability in microbial processes, and the consequences for ecological dynamics and biogeochemical cycling.
  • • More about the HOE-DYLAN Cruise
Photo of Julie Robidart.

Biosensing Lagrangian Instrumentation and Nitrogen Cycling Systems
06–21 September 2011
Chief Scientist Julie Robidart

Photo of Dan Repeta.

Biogeochemical Gradients: Role in Arranging Planktonic Assemblages (BiG RAPA)
18 November–14 December 2010
Chief Scientist Dan Repeta

  • The expedition is designed to investigate the impact of elemental nutrient (nitrogen, phosphorus, iron, silicon, carbon) ratios on marine productivity and microbial community composition, sampling along a line extending from the Chilean coast near Arica to Easter Island (Rapa Nui).
  • • More about the BiG RAPA Cruise
  • • BiG RAPA data archive
Photo of Tara Clemente.

Survey of Underwater Plastic and Ecosystem Response (SUPER)
25 August–05 September 2008
Chief Scientist Tara Clemente


Ocean Perturbation Experiment (OPEREX)
30 July–14 August 2008
Chief Scientist Zbigniew Kolber

  • The objective of the OPEREX cruise will be to explore the potential and limitations of perturbation experiments at sea. We will follow some natural perturbations including blooms and eddies, and we will perform some of the artificial perturbation experiments including bench/lab scale incubations, ship deck incubations, and ship deck pH shift experiments. Miriam Sutton, a North Carolina middle school teacher, will be participating in the research cruise as a Teacher-at-Sea and will blog about her experience.
  • • More about the OPEREX Cruise
  • • OPEREX data archive
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BLOOM Ecological Reconnaisance (BLOOMER)
9–20 August 2007
Chief Scientist Ricardo Letelier

  • The primary goal was the characterization of the microbial assemblage and biogeochemical fluxes associated with summer increases in cyanobacterial biomass in the vicinity of Station ALOHA. This characterization was compared to a sampling site where no biomass increase is detected. In addition, the intent was to establish transects across a bloom region, or try to sample distinct areas where blooms are detected from remote sensing and SeaGliders, to assess the spatial heterogeneity of these blooms.
  • • More about the BLOOMER Cruise
  • • BLOOMER data archvie
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Agouron 2
Summer Course in Microbial Oceanography
9–20 July 2007
Chief Scientist Matt Church

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Biogeochemistry of the Upper ocean: Latitudinal Assessment (BULA)
15–26 April 2007
Chief Scientist Matt Church

  • This transect from Suva, Fiji to Honolulu, Hawaii was the inagural cruise of the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE). Some of the many goals were to identify prominent trends in plankton biomass, to examine variability in upper ocean concentrations of dissolved organic matter, to isolate new photosynthetic organisms, to examine upper ocean biogeochemistry, and to study the diversity of marine viruses, to assay spatial distributions of microbial community structure.
  • • More about the BULA Cruise
  • • BULA data archive

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