Deep Sea Benthic Habitat Mapping in the Gulf of Mexico

Experience Type: 
Student Employee
Date Participated: 
November, 2010
Experience Description: 

I assisted Dr. David Naar from the University of South Florida to collect multibeam bathymetry data of deep sea corals located at 500 meters depth in the Gulf of Mexico. For five days I lived on a 100 foot research vessel, the Lost Coast Explorer. We left port out of Key West, Florida, and came back to port near Gulfport, Mississippi. I was responsible for monitoring incoming data, such as recording the location and depth of seafloor features, and directing the course of the ship.


This was an unbelievable experience to have as an undergraduate student. Through this trip I was able to gain significant experience to prepare me for future endeavors. I gained much knowledge and skills that can not be taught from normal classroom setting.