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Henry Dick-Chief Scientist

Leader & Inspiration


Huaiyang Zhou

Huaiyang Zhou is a Professor in the School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University in Shanghai, China. He received his PhD in Economic Geology in Nanjing University in 1988. Since 1991, he has sailed many times on Chinese or Foreign scientific vessels to the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and Chinese marginal seas working on manganese nodules, hydrothermal sulfides, hard rocks and their environment. He is Co-chief scientist of this cruise and is interested in searching for mantle rocks and hydrothermal activity on the fascinating geologic structures.


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Gabriella Alodia is a third year PhD student in marine geophysics at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on characterizing different types of oceanic crust by potential data (gravity and magnetic) – exactly what she will be doing on this cruise! She received her B.Sc. in geodesy and geomatics from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, where she first sparked interest in marine geosciences. Her M.Sc. in both hydrography (ENSTA Bretagne) and marine geophysics (Université de Bretagne Occidentale) only strengthen her bond to the ocean. She had her days of hiking and travelling, now she prefers having a good board game night in between writing and making maps.

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Vincent J.M. Salters

Vincent Salters is a professor in the department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, and Director of the Geochemistry Program at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Before coming to FSU, he was a post doctoral scientist and research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Erath Observatory of Columbia University, NY. As an isotope geochemist his interests include: the cycling of elements in the Earth and determining the isotopic composition of elements for which one isotope is still produced thus allowing age constraints on the processes that differentiate our planet. On this cruise he will be testing the hypothesis that the mantle beneath the Marion Rise is more depleted and lighter than the surrounding mantle. He is also working on geochemical studies of Cascades volcanism, near Mount St. Helens; on volcanism in western Saudi Arabia, as well as mercury levels in fish in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Fiona Clark

is a M.Sc. student at the University of Cape Town working on off-craton mantle xenoliths entrained by southern African kimberlites. My hobbies include sailing, diving, surfing and cycling. I'll be a watch stander on the cruise. I’m looking forward to doing some work off-shore as I have only ever worked on continental rocks associated with kimberlites.

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Ben UrANn

Ben Urann is a fourth year PhD student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, which he entered after completing a BS in Geology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He works on the architecture and geochemistry of slow-spreading ocean crust (16ºN, MAR) and the distribution of volatiles (water, F, Cl, S) during mantle melting and subduction. His free time is spent skiing and hiking with his fiancee Haley in the mountains of New Hampshire with their two rescue dogs, Libby (pictured) and Franklin. He attributes his numerous recent cavities to a month spent with his adoptive parents eating swedish swimmers and waiting for results on the SHRIMP-RG.


Ellen Roosen

Ellen Roosen has run the Seafloor Sample Laboratory at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for the past 18 years. When not running the lab, she sails on WHOI ships as a marine/seagoing technician and has lead numerous coring cruises in this capacity. She also sails on other research vessels helping the scientists with their research. She loves going to sea and working with the students and scientist in facilitating their research both at sea and back on land in the lab. On this cruise, she will be responsible for all of the curatorial aspects to make sure everything is documented correctly and packed for the return trip back to Woods Hole. Ellen loves being outside and will use any excuse to do so. She loves horseback riding and her cat Max.


Chuan-Zhou Liu

Chuan-Zhou Liu is a professor of petrology and geochemistry in the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He worked on abyssal peridotites from the Gakkel Ridge in the Arctic Ocean during his Ph.D study and discovered highly heterogeneous Os isotope compositions of the asthenospheric mantle. Since the post-doc, he converted his research to ophiolites in the Tibetan Plateau, aiming to reveal the formation and disappearance of the Neo-Tethys Ocean. Using field, petrological and geochemical data, he has demonstrated the similarities between these ophiolites and the modern ocean lithosphere generated at ultraslow spreading ridge, like the Southwest Indian Ridges.

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Fuwu Ji

Fuwu Ji is from the School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University in Shanghai, China. He received his Ph.D in geochemistry from the Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008. He has experienced several expeditions in the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean and Chinese marginal seas. He is interested in mantle processes and their influence on the surface earth, and the inorganic processes of submarine hydrothermal systems.


MA Qiang

MA Qiang from School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University. I am a PhD student who is working on the petrology, geochemistry and rheology of the lower crust and mantle at mid-ocean ridges. I am a senior watch-stander on the cruise.


Dominik Mock

Dominik Mock is a PhD student at the Institute of Mineralogy at Hannover (Germany). Together with the working group of amongst others Jürgen Koepke (Hannover), Benoit Ildefonse (Montpellier, France), and Dieter Garbe-Schönberg (Kiel, Germany) he applies the results of his master studies on layered gabbro to the lower crustal rocks obtained during the Oman Drilling Project. His project focuses on the processes leading to lower crustal accretion at fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges.

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Mike Cheadle

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 world of ocean basins about 18 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 and hydrothermal vents,….. and Oman. This will be Mike's 11th cruise-- 6 of which have been with Henry!

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Qikuan Zhu

Qikuan Zhu is a graduate student from School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University. He received a Bachelors' degree in geology from Anhui University in 2017. He is interested in submarine hydrothermal activity and is a watch-stander on the cruise.

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Qiong Chen

Dr. Qiong Chen is a new Assistant Professor in School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University in Shanghai, China. She received her PhD in Geochemistry from the University of Hong Kong in 2017 and continued as a research assistant in 2018. She studies intraplate basaltic magmatism and mantle xenoliths. She is very interested in the mantle peridotites of the Southwest Indian Ridge and intends to compare the isotopic comparison of these peridotites with other mantle rocks.

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Jürgen Koepke

His main interest is to understand the formation and cooling of the deep crust of fast- and slow-spreading oceanic ridge system. For this, he studies gabbro both from the recent oceanic crust sampled by research vessels as well as from the Oman ophiolite, where he is deeply involved in the ICDP Oman Drilling Project. In addition, he aims to simulate experimentally those magmatic and hydrothermal processes ongoing during oceanic crust accretion, with a focus on hydrous experiments in Internal Heated Pressure Vessels.

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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.


John Greene

John Greene is a fourth year PhD student at Texas A&M studying marine geophysics with Dr. Masako Tominaga. He received his B.S. from Michigan State University in 2015. His dissertation research uses magnetics to understand the breakup of North America and Africa and early seafloor spreading of the Atlantic Ocean, and seismic reflection data to investigate silica diagenesis in the western Pacific. On this cruise, he will focus on the acquisition and processing of the shipboard and AUV Sentry geophysical data.

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Michael Bröcker

Michael Bröcker is a research scientist and lecturer at the Institut für Mineralogie, University of Münster, Germany. Michael´s research aims at unravelling the geological evolution of suture zones and mostly focuses on the geochronology and petrology of metamorphic rocks. Of particular interest for his research are high-pressure/low-temperature rocks and meta-ophiolites. Michael gained a Diplom (MSc) in geology from Tübingen University and a PhD in mineralogy from Würzburg University; he held post-doc positions in Würzburg and at the University of California, Davis. Since 1992 Michael has a faculty position in Münster and since 2007 he is a professor. On the cruise his tasks are that of a petrologist and watchstander.


Pascal Kruttasch

Pascal Kruttasch is a Master’s student and student assistant in the Geochemistry group at Freie Universitat Berlin (Germany). He wrote his bachelor thesis on the fractionation of volatile chalcophile elements in alkaline basalts and is working on siderophile volatile elements in iron meteorites for his Master’s thesis. Furthermore, he and Harry Becker from the Geochemistry group at Freie Universitat are studying the behavior of osmium isotopes, platinum group elements and other chalcophile elements in mantle rocks and other planetary materials.


Sarah Newnes

Sarah Newnes graduated from Cardiff University, UK, in 2014 with an MeSci in Geology. Her third year of this degree was spent studying at the University of Wyoming, USA, where she discovered her interest in geophysics. Since graduating, Sarah has worked offshore and in the office, as a geophysicist for a seabed survey company based in the UK. Her role involves the acquisition and processing of various geophysical data sets from European seas. She is excited to experience her first expedition on a research vessel. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys travelling, crossfit, hiking, skiing and most other outdoor activities.

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Daniele Brunelli

Daniele Brunelli works on mantle partial melting processes from the peridotite perspective. He is addicted to these rocks since his first cruise in the Bouvet triple Junction when he was undergraduate student at the University of Padova, Italy. After a 4 years postdoc at IPGP in Paris, he moved to a faculty position in Modena, Italy. His research focuses on abyssal peridotite from understanding mantle melting processes, source heterogeneities and magma formation to low temperature hydrothermal modification of mantle residua. He uses in-situ elemental, isotopic data and geochemical modelling to address mantle processes and their variation in time.

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Pingping Liu

Pingping Liu is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Peking University, China. She gained her PhD in Geochemistry and Economic Geology in Hong Kong and did her post-doc in Taiwan and Mainland China. Pingping first worked on these amazing oceanic mantle peridotites from a non-traditional stable isotopic perspective. Due to her solid background in Fe-Ti oxide-bearing layered mafic intrusions, she has great interest in the formation and evolution of the gabbroic oceanic crust and mantle-crust interactions.

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Chris Doorn

Chris Doorn is a PhD student at the University of Wyoming studying zircon geochemistry, geochronology, and structural geology 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. He will be a watch stander during the cruise to Marion Rise where he will help with acquiring geophysical data and processing rock samples. His hobbies include biking, backpacking, and playing the cello.


Haizhou Li

I am Haizhou Li from Tongji University, China. I am a microbiologist with a passion for combining molecular and computational techniques to understand the microbial ecology of ocean rocks. My research has two focuses: (1) the interplay between the biosphere and the geosphere, examining how microbes drive geochemistry and how geochemistry in turn shapes microbial diversity, metabolism, and evolution; (2) how microbes survive adverse conditions such as extreme high temperatures, pressures, and so on. In order to investigate these questions, I leverage my expertise in single-cell gene regulation and eco-evolutionary dynamics, and integrate modeling and experiments with reconstituted and natural communities.

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Shi Cheng

Shi Cheng is a Master’s candidate from the School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University. He received a Bachelors' degree in geology from the China University of Geoscience. He is interested in petrology and will be a watch-stander on the cruise.


Maurice Tivey

Maurice A. Tivey is a Senior Scientist in the Marine Geology Geophysics department of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He is a marine geophysicist with research interests that span all aspects of marine geophysics of the deep ocean with a focus on high-resolution magnetic measurements of the seafloor. Dr. Tivey has led and been involved in more than 45 research voyages. From 2004 to 2005, he was the Chief Scientist for Deep Submergence for the National Deep Submergence Facility that operates the ROV Jason, HOV Alvin and autonomous vehicles ABE and SENTRY. He is a past Chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics at WHOI and just recently finished a rotation at the National Science Foundation as a Program Director in the Marine Geology and Geophysics Program of the Ocean Sciences Division.


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Masako Tominaga

Masako Tominaga, a marine geophysicist/geomagnetist, is a co-PI and a shore-based participant for this cruise and post cruise research.

Slackjaw Sally

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.