Mike Cheadle is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Wyoming. Mike first had the opportunity to work in the fascinating and largely unexplored ocean basins about 15 years ago. Since then he’s been hooked and has worked in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, using drill-ships, remotely operated vehicles and manned submersibles. As a geologist, his main interests are understanding the processes involved in creating ocean crust at Mid Ocean Ridges, but he’s recently discovered the spectacular world of deep sea organisms. Mike gained a BA/MA in Geology from Oxford University; a MS in Geophysics (reflection seismology- the COCORP project) from Cornell University and a PhD in Geophysics from Cambridge University. He held a Royal Commission for the Great Exhibition of 1851 Fellowship at Cambridge University, previously taught at the Liverpool University in the UK and is now an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming.
Barbara John gained an AB in Geology from UC Berkeley, and a PhD in Geology from UC Santa Barbara. Between the two degrees she was a research geologist for the US Geological Survey mapping in the Sierra Nevada (in and around Yosemite), and completing mineral resource appraisals for Wilderness areas in the Mojave/Sonoran deserts. She taught at Cambridge University (in the UK) for 6 years on completion of her PhD, before moving back to the United States and Wyoming in 1993. She is a full Professor at the University of Wyoming, doing teaching and research in structural geology and petrology.
Jeff Gee is a professor of geophysics in Scripps’ Geosciences Research Division. Gee’s research focuses on the use of magnetic data, both remotely sensed magnetic anomaly data and the magnetization of rock samples, to understand a variety of geological problems. He uses the magnetic record in geological samples to study topics ranging from the formation of new crust at oceanic spreading centers to the processes of melt redistribution and cooling in large magma chambers. Gee received his undergraduate degrees from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. and his Ph.D. from Scripps.
Laurence Coogan works on the role of the oceanic lithosphere in the earth system. He did his undergraduate, graduate and post-doc work in the UK (Liverpool, Leicester, Cardiff) before moving to a faculty position at the University of Victoria Canada. His research spans from understanding mantle temperature and composition through magma chamber process and high-temperature hydrothermal circulation to low-temperature off-axis hydrothermal systems. He uses field (shipboard and ophiolite), analytical, experimental and modelling studies dependent on the question being addressed.
Kathy Gillis works on the origin and evolution of the oceanic crust, with a focus on hydrothermal processes active at mid-ocean ridges and in the upper crust as plates age in the off-axis environment. Her research involves field studies of the ocean crust in tectonic windows like Pito and Hess Deeps and ophiolites, combined with a variety of analytical approaches. Kathy completed her BSc at Queen’s University and PhD Dalhousie University (both in Canada). She held a NSERC post-doc at Université de Montréal, was a research scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic, and is currently a Professor at the University of Victoria.
Tanner Waggoner graduated from Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor of Science in Geology in May of 2016. In August of 2016 he began his M.S. degree at the University of Wyoming in Geology studying under Drs. Barbara John and Mike Cheadle. In his free time he enjoy running, playing guitar, hiking, climbing, and skiing.
Chris Doorn is a graduate student at the University of Wyoming studying structural geology and geochronology under the direction of Drs. Barbara John and Mike Cheadle. He earned a bachelor of science degree in geology from the University of North Carolina from Chapel Hill in 2016. His hobbies include biking, backpacking, and playing the cello.
Michelle Gess is a senior at the University of Wyoming and will be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. After graduating, she plans on attending graduate school to continue her education in structural geology. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors which includes hiking, camping and fishing. Michelle studied abroad in Iceland for the past semester and had an incredible time exploring glaciers and Icelandic highlands.
Sarah Maher received a bachelor of science in physics and astronomy at the University of Victoria and a MS in geology and geophysics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is currently a geoscience PhD student working with Dr. Gee at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her academic interests include seafloor paleomagnetism and plate tectonic reconstructions, and her hobbies include Netflix, camping, and cross-stitching. She is very excited for her first expedition on a research vessel.
Theresa Williams teaches middle school math and science at the UW Lab School. She earned degrees in biology and science and math education from the University of Wyoming. Theresa enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, and helping students understand science and math. She has traveled to India to teach water science with the U.W. Science Posse and to China on a Fund for Teacher Grant to learn about sustainability in a high population area. Previous to teaching, Theresa was a field biologist with the Wyoming Game and Fish and the U.W. Fisheries and Wildlife Cooperative and an analytical scientist at Western Research Institute.
Rebecca Alberts is a first year PhD student at the University of Victoria studying petrology and geochemistry with Dr. Laurence Coogan and Dr. Kathy Gillis. She earned her BS in geology and creative writing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 and her MS from Ohio University in 2016. Between degrees, she spent some time working at the Illinois State Geological Survey. When she isn't thinking about rocks, Rebecca likes to read, climb, travel, and adventure. She has only ever studied the oceanic crust on land, and is excited to finally explore it at sea.
Drew McPeak is a second year graduate student at the University of Wyoming. He received a Bachelor's of Science in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin and he is studying ocean tectonics under Drs. Barbara John and Mike Cheadle. His thesis work is focused on microstructure and mechanics of oceanic detachment faults. He loves playing with his dog, drawing and enjoying the outdoors.
Adrian Doran is a Ph.D. student studying geophysics and seismology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography with Dr. Gabi Laske. His research is focused on using ocean-bottom seismic data to study the structure of the oceanic crust and upper mantle. He is looking forward to several weeks on the high seas.
Chris German (shore based scientist) is a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Chris has spent approximately 3 of the past 30 years at sea but recently turned to pioneering the use of Telepresence methods for deep ocean exploration when, as for this cruise, he sadly cannot be there in person. Chris’ particular talent is to use in situ sensors to sniff for chemical signatures in the ocean to track different kinds of fluid flow such as vents and seeps to their source on the underlying seafloor. Chris gained his PhD in Cambridge alongside Chief Scientist Mike Cheadle in the 1980s and, since then, he has helped discover new vent-fields in every ocean basin including, most recently, the Arctic. But Pito Deep represents an entirely new geologic setting in which to search for seafloor fluid flow and, hence, an exciting new challenge for his research.
Slackjaw Sally aka Malacosteus niger aka Black loosejaw fish; aka Spotlight loosejaw.
Hi! I’m Slackjaw Sally. I live in these waters between 500 and 1000 meters deep. I keep to myself mostly, but when I’m hungry I turn on my red bioluminescent cheek patches to see what’s around me. My family developed and patented this stealth technology to sneak up on tasty morsels and full meals in the darkness of the lower part of the mesopelagic zone. The tasty animals can’t sense any red light, so I’m invisible to them. My gills are exposed to the outside water so I can breathe while slowly swallowing larger meals. One of the raw materials needed for the stealth technology is chlorophyll, which I obtain from the millions of tiny copepods I consume as snacks.