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This Month's Field Activities - April 2019

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Field Activity 2018-302-DD
Dates: April 13 to December 31
Location: Sand Key, FL
Chief Scientist:

Field Activity 2019-303-FA
Dates: February 05 to November 30
Location: Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve,Mississippi and Alabama, United States, Gulf of Mexico
Chief Scientist: Kathryn Smith, Christopher Smith
Objectives: Retrieve and redeploy sediment plates and water level loggers. Also collect shoreline positions.

Field Activity 2019-309-FA
Dates: April 01 to April 03
Location: Key Largo and Key Biscayne, FL
Chief Scientist: Lauren Toth
Objectives: Testing out equipment and protocols that researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissionsand#39;s Coral Reef Ecosystem monitoring project will be implementing this summer to collect bioerosion and reef topographic complexity measurements

Field Activity 2019-318-FA
Dates: April 05 to April 05
Location: Tampa Bay, FL
Chief Scientist: Kimberly Yates
Objectives: Clean OCS V2 and collect seawater samples.

Field Activity 2019-301-FA
Dates: April 08 to April 19
Location: Islamorada, Florida Keys. Crocker Reef
Chief Scientist: Kimberly Yates, Legna Torres-Garcia, Patricia (Soupy) Dalyander
Objectives: Retrieval of instrumentation to analyze sediments, currents and waves. Sediment samples grab.

Field Activity 2019-314-FA
Dates: April 09 to April 30
Location: Atlantic Ocean off SE US
Chief Scientist: Christina Kellogg
Objectives: Sample collection to determine coral microbiomes and benthic habitat metagenomes

Field Activity 2019-319-FA
Dates: April 14 to April 16
Location: Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve,Mississippi and Alabama, United States, Gulf of Mexico
Chief Scientist: Kathryn Smith, Christopher Smith
Objectives: Deploy RBR pressure sensors to collect water depth, wave and tide data.

Field Activity 2019-317-FA
Dates: April 14 to April 18
Location: Dauphin Island, AL
Chief Scientist: Patricia (Soupy) Dalyander, Jennifer Brown
Objectives: Collect aerial imagery and ground control points for producing point clouds, orthomosaic images, and digital elevation models using Structure-from-Motion.

Field Activity 2019-315-FA
Dates: April 23 to May 07
Location: Dominican Republic, Lake Enriquillo
Chief Scientist: Julie Richey
Objectives: Lake Enriquillo, located in the Dominican Republic, is an important location to examine ocean-continent interactions due to its remote location far from anthropogenic influences. Lake Enriquillo is a hypersaline lake, which leads to excellent sediment preservation, and is situated to record the balance of evaporation and precipitation. The purpose of this trip is to collect sediment samples from Lake Enriquillo for organic geochemical analyses. These geochemical analyses include faunal assemblages, alkane biomarkers, alkenone sea surface temperature reconstruction, and analysis of lipids (dinosterol). Additional water samples will be collected over a depth profile and analyzed for salinity, pH, total alkalinity, and oxygen isotopes. The ultimate goal is to reconstruct temperature, evaporation, and precipitation patterns over the past few centuries.

Field Activity 2019-316-FA
Dates: April 29 to May 20
Location: Biscayne National Park, Fowey Rocks Light (Homestead, FL) FKNMS, Crocker Reef (Islamorada, FL) FKNMS, Sombrero Reef (Marathon, FL) Dry Tortugas National Park (Key West, FL)
Chief Scientist: Ilsa Kuffner
Objectives: Site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations to measure coral and algal calcification rates.

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