Mid-Cayman Rise Hydrothermal Vents Project uri icon

DCO ID 11121/8651-3462-9644-1802-CC

running title

  • MCR Microbial Communities


  • The goal of this subproject of the RHC grant was to characterize the diversity of microbial communities in hydrothermal vent habitats from the Mid-Cayman Rise, the world’s deepest hydrothermal system discovered to date. The vent samples encompassed a range of subseafloor environments from those that were high-temperature, deep, and basalt-hosted to those that were shallower, ultramafic-hosted, and potentially influenced by serpentinization. The work also intended to use metagenomics and metatranscriptomics to characterize the potential function of microbial communities associated with these sites and stable isotope tracer approaches to characterize activities in the vent samples.

date/time interval

  • January 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014