Friday, December 09, 2011

NPR Piece on Discovery of Hydrothermal Vent Oasis

It discusses the story of the discovery of the first hydrothermal vent oases back in 1977. I note this is near and dear to my heart. I worked as an undergraduate and then after graduating in Colleen Cavanaugh's lab at Harvard on chemosynthetic symbioses. And then amazingly I got to go on the 2002 deep sea cruise celebrating the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the vents. On that cruise Rosebud (mentioned in this article) was discovered.

And I am still fascinating by the deep sea - (with Colleen Cavanaugh's lab esp. Irene Newton and w/ Tanja Woyke via JGI we sequenced the first chemosynthetic symbiont genome a few years ago). Hat tip to Eileen Choffness for pointing this story out.

1 comment:

  1. Also 1977? This *and* the Archaea. What a year for biodiversity.