Matt, Liz, and Rob went to the Abrolhos Islands as part of a collaboration with Universidad Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Water column and coral reef metagenomes and chemical samples were collected to assess the health of the Abrolhos holobiont.
Nori, Matt and Liz went to Chile as part of a collaboration with the Centro de Estudios Cientificos (CECS), Valdivia, Chile. Metagenomes and microbial abundance counts were collected on a transect from Arica at sea-level to the Atacama Desert at 14,000 feet.
Alejandra, Julia and Nori went on the third annual Oxygen Minimum Zone expedition. Marine metagenomes, abundance counts, and dissolved organic carbon samples were collected as part of the international effort to characterize the low-oxygen environment.