Deployment: SJ0516

Chief Scientist: 
David A. Hutchins (University of Southern California, USC-HIMS)
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North Atlantic Spring Bloom, largely between Ireland and Iceland

This R/V Seward Johnson cruise, funded by NSF OCE/BIO (OCE-0423418), was conducted as part of the NASB 2005 US/EC Collaboration on Potential Climate Change Impacts on Algal Community Structure and Biogeochemistry During the North Atlantic Spring Bloom. It is uncertain whether a cruise ID was ever assigned. The US State Department designator was SJ-2004-126, possibly reflecting request for approval that began in 2004. The Oceanic Research Ship Schedules database (from the Ocean Information Center maintained by the College of Marine & Earth Studies at the University of Delaware) assigned JOH/05/0063 to leg 2 of this cruise. The BCO-DMO assigned SJ0516 as the unique cruise ID since leg 2 was the sixteenth cruise for R/V Seward Johnson in 2005.

Cruise Synopsis

adapted from the original text written by NASB 2005 project investigator Matthew Cottrell

The R/V Seward Johnson departed from Fort Pierce, FL in June, 2005. The vessel first transited to the Azores (cruise leg 1, Florida to the Azores) where it spent two days before heading north to Iceland (cruise leg 2, Azores to Iceland). The purpose of this cruise was to explore the ecology of heterotrophic and photoheterotrophic bacteria in the North Atlantic. Surface waters were sampled during the transit across the oligotrophic Atlantic, passing Bermuda on the way. Depth profiles were sampled on the leg from the Azores to Iceland. Water was collected for a number of analyses. One of the most important assessed the effect of light on the growth of heterotrophic bacteria using 3H-leucine incorporation and the uptake of other organic compounds. We were especially interested in cyanobacteria, including Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus. Flow cytometery and flow sorting of radiolabeled cells was key to this project. Other analyses included bacterial abundance, bacterial production, bacterial community structure (FISH), community activity (Micro-FISH), chlorophyll a, bacterial chlorophyll a, and the abundance of aerobic anoxigenic phototrophic (AAP) bacteria.