Why does dissolved organic matter matter?

Maddy Lahm, Michael Gonsior and Leanne Powers work together to extract organic compounds from their samples.

Deep sea dissolved organic matter (DOM) holds almost as much carbon as the atmosphere holds in the form of carbon dioxide.

The difference between …

Bacteria and deep sea viruses, oh my!

The main lab on the ship is home to microbial ecologists from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) and the University of Delaware. The team’s processes rely heavily on each other …

How scientists retrieve water samples from 4,500 meters

Ship technicians, suited up in safety gear, prepare to bring up the CTD.
Ship technicians, suited up in safety gear, prepare to bring up the CTD.

Ever wonder how scientists are able to collect water from the deep sea and ensure that their samples only have water from that exact depth?

The study …