National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce
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Sampling plankton on the Rachel Carson

The PMEL 'Omics Program seeks to survey, describe, and understand oceanic biological community responses to physical and chemical oceanographic parameters.  We use state-of-the-art targeted metagenomics with custom bioinformatics, and other approaches to identify, quantify, and assess communities of invertebrates and fishes, and their food chains over their geographic ranges, time, and life histories. This knowledge aims to help enhance the U.S. blue economy and contributes to the NOAA mission to conserve and manage our coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

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Owen preserving eDNA samples in ethanol on the R/V Storm Petrel
August 18, 2022

Hello, my name is Owen Yazzie, and I am a Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES) undergraduate research intern working at the University of Washington. This summer, I assisted the PMEL ‘Omics Lab with an ongoing project in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS), off the outer coast of Washington state. The PMEL ‘Omics Lab is working with OCNMS to deploy autonomous environmental (e)DNA samplers in the sanctuary to study how biodiversity changes during and surrounding hypoxic events. During the 2022 field season, the group has two planned deployments scheduled, with automated samplers out for a month-long window at two sites (Teahwhit Head and Cape Elizabeth). These automated samplers collect a total of 24 samples spaced every 36 hours, eliminating... more