Genome Plankton Sampling aboard D/Y SAM

Genome Plankton Sampling aboard D/Y SAM
May - June 2019

On the morning of May 7th, the 48’ Garcia aluminum cutter SAM and her crew slipped her lines in Oahu and set northward to the Aleutian Islands and beyond for the 4,000 nautical mile third leg of her voyage of genomic discovery.

The crew carried sampling nets and basic laboratory equipment to conduct the first ever gathering of surface and subsurface plankton across the North Pacific specifically for genomic sequencing. Following the protocols provided by Dr. Leonid Moroz of the Whitney Laboratory of Marine Bioscience of the University of Florida, samples were taken once or twice a day as conditions permitted.

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