Jessica Blanks examines a multicore that will be subsampled for FLEC life position analyses. Jessica is presently working on her M.S.; her project is part of the foraminiferal culture work funded by NSF OCean Sciences Marine Geology & Geophysics (with D. McCorkle, T. Chandler, & T. Shaw). (S.T. Goldstein).
Microscopy at sea is not easy or fun, but someone has to do it. Here, Joan is picking individual foraminifera for ATP extraction, to determine biomass, as part of a large MMS-funded project to study the deep Gulf of Mexico benthos. See the special issue of Deep-Sea Research II dedicated to this DGoMB project (edited by Gil Rowe), to be published in 2006. (S. De Beukelaer).
Our routine method to distinguish live from dead foraminifera in field samples is to incubate samples before fixation with a fluorogenic probe. Here, Marti Jeglinski picks fluorescently-labeled foraminifera with an epifluorescence stereo-dissecting microscope. (J.M. Bernhard).
Liz Mollo-Christensen, who was a Summer Student Fellow and presently a visiting student, performs ATP analyses as part of a DOE-funded project to assess foraminiferal survival after exposure to high carbon dioxide concentrations for extended periods. (J.M. Bernhard).
We grow different types of algae in our lab to feed to the deep-sea benthic foraminifera. Here, Marjorie Parmenter aerates one of the cultures. (J. M. Bernhard).