US East coast: Canyons, methane seeps and coral communities between Virginia and Georgia.

The primary goals of this cruise are as follows:

  1. Exploration of new sites and new areas within known sites
  2. Sampling of corals and associated fauna for biodiversity and biogeography
  3. Community sampling at seep and coral habitats
  4. Sediment sampling at soft sediment sites for biogeochemistry and diversity
  5. Collections of corals for live coral experiments
  6. Water sampling for water chemistry and microbial diversity
  7. Sediment, water, and faunal samples for eDNA work
  8. Geological observations and sampling for geomorphology9.Lander deployments10.Outreach through NOAA Ocean Explorer web site