Institution: Temple University
Department: Biological Sciences
Position on Cruise: Ph.D. Graduate Student Researcher
Hometown: Norristown, Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Jay is a graduate student in Dr. Erik Cordes' lab at Temple University. He is studying the distribution and physiology the cold-water stony coral Lophelia pertusa in the Gulf of Mexico. Stony corals (Class Scleractinia) form their skeletons by using dissolved calcium carbonate in the mineral form of aragonite. Jay is interested in how this process occurs and the effects that experimental pH, temperature, and dissolved oxygen factors will have on Lophelia biomineralization, growth, and mortality.