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  Larvae-Biolfilms  -  2021  -  Roger Revelle  
  Project Information  
Project Title: The predictive nature of microbial biofilms for cuing larval settlement at deep-sea vents Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Shawn Arellano, WWU Project Institution: WWU
Project ID: 106610 Version #: 2
Date Submitted: 8/15/2019 10:05:00 AM Created By: Shawn Arellano
Date Last Modified: 6/25/2020 4:32:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - 1948580 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: We propose to visit the vents located on the EPR at 9°N during two separate cruises. Additionally, PI Mullineaux has NSF-OCE funding that includes two cruises to EPR at 9°N, one in December 2019 and another requested for early 2021. We will leverage Mullineaux’s 2019 to deploy the Established biofilm experiment only; because this is a cruise of opportunity, we will only have time to deploy settlement plates without recovery during the same cruise and to run some pilot shipboard settlement experiments. We request two subsequent longer cruises: one in March 2021 followed by another 2-8 months later (requested in November 2021 to allow time for initial statistical modeling in between cruises). Our requested two cruises will each be 30 days in length to accommodate the aging experiment and the shipboard experiments and transit to the site (4 days each way), and to include 2 weather days. During each cruise, we will use DSV Alvin (or ROV Jason) for deployment and recovery of experimental colonization sandwiches and for co-located biofilm, in situ geochemistry, larval flux, and site characterization. The dive series will be complemented with planktonic larval collections and shipboard larval settlement experiments. This will allow us to test hypotheses generated by the previous shipboard experiments and via the initial statistical modeling during the second cruise. Part of the dive time on the first cruise will be devoted to capture footage to produce a science-in-action documentary film with the involvement of undergraduate students as part of Rutgers University filmmaking program (section 6.1). Finally, should our current proposal be funded, we will request to pair our cruise 1 with Mullineaux’s next funded cruise requested in early 2021, which will maximize efficient use of ship time and funding.
Summary of Facility Requirements: R/V Atlantis; DSV Alvin (ROV Jason can be substituted if necessary due to scheduling)
Summary of other requirements and comments: PI Mullineaux has recently been recommended for NSF-OCE funding that includes two cruises to EPR at 9°N, during December 2019 and requested for early 2021. Should our current proposal be funded, we request to pair our cruises 1 with Mullineaux’s, which
will maximize efficient use of ship time and reduce the travel and personnel
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1011105 Created By: Shawn Arellano
Date Last Modified: 6/25/2020 4:32:00 PM Date Submitted: 6/25/2020 4:32:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2021 Ship/Facility: Roger Revelle
Optimum Start Date: 3/1/2021 Dates to Avoid: Weather in the East Pacific is usually best in the winter-early spring. June-November is cyclone season.
Earliest Start Date: 1/1/2021 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 5/31/2021 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
5 2 2 10 19
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements:
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Description of Op Area: Well visited 9deg 50' N vent fields on the East Pacific Rise, former RIDGE2000 Integrated Study Site.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 30
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
9° N / 104° W map
11 map
NP13 map
9° N / 104° W map
11 map
NP13 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? No Coastal States:
 Important Info on Foreign Research Clearances  

Are you or any member in your science party bringing in any science equipment items which are regulated for export by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)?
No If yes, have you applied for the necessary permits through your export control office? No
 Questions about ITAR/EAR regulations?

Comments about foreign clearance requirements or
description of any other special permitting requirements
(e.g., MMPA, ESA, IHA, Marine Sanctuaries, etc.)
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
San Diego, CA, USA None None
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Closest port in the US

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Shawn Arellano, WWU
# in Science Party 17 # of different science teams 4 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements Four science parties (geochemistry, microbial, larval, and settlement) with 1-4each (n = 15). Alvin (n=8), and SSSG (n=2) technicians.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPSelected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Unselected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameUnselected Fiber Optic (.681)Unselected 0.680 Coax Wire
Unselected SCUBA DivingUnselected Radioisotope use - briefly describeUnselected NO Radioisotope use/Natural level workUnselected Other Operator Provided Inst. - Describe
0 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

Dynamic positioning is required for Jason operations

Major Ancillary Facilities (that require coordination of schedules with ship schedule)
Unselected Helicopter Ops (USCG)Unselected Twin OtterUnselected Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) 
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
Unselected Other AUVUnselected Sentry  
Coring Facility
Unselected Jumbo Piston CoringUnselected Large Gravity Core Unselected MC800 multicorer w/ MISO camera/telemetryUnselected OSU Coring Facility (MARSSAM)
Unselected Other Large Coring FacilityUnselected WHOI Long Core  
Human Occupied Vehicle (HOV)
Unselected AlvinUnselected Clelia (HBOI)Unselected JSL I & II (HBOI)Unselected Other HOV
Other Facility
Unselected MISO Facility - deep-sea imagingUnselected Other FacilityUnselected Potential Fields Pool Equipment 
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
Selected JasonSelected Other ROV  
Seismic Facility
Unselected Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Center (OBSIC)Unselected Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool (OBSIP)Unselected Ocean-Bottom Seismometer Program (UTIG)Unselected Other Seismic/OBS Facility
Unselected PASSCALUnselected Portable MCS groupUnselected Portable MCS/SCS groupUnselected U.S. Geological Survey Ocean Bottom Seismometer Facility (USGS at WHOI)
Towed Underwater Vehicle
Unselected ARGO IIUnselected Hawaii MR1 (HMRG)Unselected IMI12 (HMRG)Unselected IMI120 (HMRG - formerly DSL 120A)
Unselected IMI30 (HMRG)Unselected Other Towed Underwater VehicleUnselected Towfish 
UNOLS Van Pool
Unselected AUV Lab Van #1Unselected Clean Lab VanUnselected Cold Lab VanUnselected General Purpose Lab Van
Unselected Radioisotope Lab VanUnselected Wet Lab Van  
UNOLS Winch Pool
Unselected Mooring SpoolerUnselected Portable WinchUnselected Turn Table 
Explain Major Ancillary Facilities
Requirements and list description
and provider for "other" systems.
We require Jason or other ROV for seafloor sampling and deployments/recoveries.

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