This expedition took a journey along the northern part of the Scotia Arc- the series of islands and ridges that track where Antarctica and South America used to join. The research aims to understand whether animals also use these places as a series of ‘stepping stones’ to travel between these continents. This is the second expedition to the area. Researchers plan to work on collected invertebrate animals and use the power of DNA to estimate how far these animals travel. This will help us determine if their movement patterns change in the future, when Antarctica might be a little warmer and a little different.
Participants: Mark Peter, Elizabeth Rhenberg, Davey Wright, Lena Cole and William Ausich
Ausich’s group visited Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington DC in December 2012 to collect morphological data on fossil crinoids.
Honduras 2012 & 2013: Tropical western Atlantic deep-water crinoid fauna. Submersible dives near Roatan, Honduras
Participants: T. K. Baumiller and C. G. Messing
During July 2013, EchinAToL researchers Charles Messing (Nova Southeastern Univ.) and Tom Baumiller (Univ. Michigan) flew to Isla Roatan, Honduras, to continue research on deep-water crinoids using Karl Stanley’s mini-submersible. They were accompanied by a video crew from WPBT Channel 2 Public Television in Miami, who shot an episode of the ongoing series “Changing Seas” called “Living Fossils” that focused on their research.
The episode will premiere on 18 June. A preview of the program is at http://video.wpbt2.org/video/