Cruise Day 4: Mud, mud, and boulders

Microbial Ecology of Sea Star Wasting Disease

Day 4 started for the team with a gorgeous morning at one of the world’s foremost research facilities, the Friday Harbor Marine Labs, which is affiliated with the University of Washington (owners of the Clifford A. Barnes). Ian had visited Friday Harbor back in 1999 long before starting his PhD work; its amazing that it really hasn’t changed much in that time! The morning was calm – so far the team has enjoyed really nice and smooth weather, making work at sea much more enjoyable!

IMG_4469…begins a new day in Friday Harbor

Frosty! 

After a quick transit to the first station, the excellent scientific support technician (Brandi Murphy and Meegan Corcoran) set the trawl into action, which yielded – surprisingly – few echinoderms aside from a couple of Parastichopus. Surprising because evidently there have been numerous sea stars recovered from these waters in the past – could be…

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