This new blog is the space where I will share the science happenings of my upcoming research cruise.  We head out tomorrow and will set sail aboard the R/V Atlantis on July 6th.  We will be heading to the Juan de Fuca Ridge and investigating the microbial communities of the hydrothermal vents there.  If all goes according to plan there will be 16 dives in the Alvin submersible.  On each dive Alvin takes 1 pilot and 2 scientists down to the depths.  Hopefully I will get to be one of the diving scientists on one of those dives, but as with most science done outside the lab, things are unpredictable and even the best laid plans rarely go un-changed.  Stay tuned for adventure, excitement, and possibly seasickness, stress, and lack of sleep!