The ECOGIG Mission
ECOGIG's mission is to understand the environmental signatures and impacts of natural seepage versus that of abrupt, large hydrocarbon inputs on coupled benthic-pelagic processes in deepwater ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico, and to chart the long-term effects and mechanisms of ecosystem recovery from the 2010 Macondo well blowout.
Research Cruise June 22-July 5, 2014. ECOGIG Researchers aboard the EV Nautilus, led by Dr. Chuck Fisher, will use the remotely operated vehicles (ROV) Hercules and Argus to explore and sample coral at various sites in the Gulf of Mexico.Photo Credit: Ocean Exploration Trust.
Front view of the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Hercules collecting a glass sponge from a thicket of Lophelia pertusa coral in the Northern Gulf of Mexico.credit: Ocean Exploration Trust and ECOGIG, a GoMRI funded research consortium
Delicate glass sponge collected from a cold-water coral reef ecosystem in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. The sponge's tissue will later be analyzed for its stable isotopic composition.credit: Caleb King
An octopus rises in the water column to get a better view of Hercules.(credit: Ocean Exploration Trust and ECOGIG, a GoMRI funded research consortium)