microbes ROV seafloor

Project VIDEO (Virtual, Interactive Dark Energy Outreach)

In partnership with the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI), Delaware Sea Grant is expanding its collection of "15 Second Science" videos and other multimedia to include award-winning resources about the deep biosphere and sub-seafloor life.

Below the ocean floor lives a tremendous amount of life, none of which is visible to naked eye or even the run-of-the-mill microscope. Here in the subsurface, we find bacteria, archaea, and fungi by the trillions! Tune in for 15 Second Science segments, longer Dive Deeper videos, and even some virtual reality videos, discussing microbes, dark energy, and the tools and techniques used to explore this extreme environment.

15 Second Science Episodes

Topic Description Video link Spanish version
"Mainly microbe" The human body is covered--inside and out--with tiny microbes. Is this good or bad? YouTube
Instagram
N/A
"The deep biosphere" What exactly lies below the seafloor? More than you think! YouTube
Instagram
N/A
"Sense of scale" Microbes are tiny; but how tiny? YouTube
Instagram
N/A
"Autotrophs" Did you know some microbes in the ocean can make their own food?  YouTube
Instagram
YouTube
Instagram
"Diverse Microbes" How diverse are microbes? You might be surprised! YouTube
Instagram
YouTube
Instagram
"Microbial Dark Energy" Is 'microbial dark energy' something out of science fiction? YouTube
Instagram
YouTube
Instagram
"Hadal Zone" Learn about one of the least explored places on the planet!  YouTube
Instagram
YouTube
Instagram
"Challenges" Why is the deep biosphere a challenging environment to study? YouTube
Instagram
N/A
"Microbes go deep" How deep beneath the sea can microbes live? YouTube
Instagram
YouTube
Instagram
"Sea bed sampling" How do scientists get samples from deep beneath the sea floor? YouTube
Instagram
N/A
"Deep biosphere science" What types of science do researchers use to study the deep biosphere? YouTube
Instagram
YouTube
Instagram
"Microbes, heat, and DNA" What's one trick microbes use to live in high temperatures? YouTube
Instagram
N/A
"DNA unlocks microbial secrets" How can scientists use DNA to learn more about microbes? YouTube
Instagram
YouTube
Instagram
"Microbial chemistry" Did you know chemistry can be used to learn about microbes that live in the deep biosphere? YouTube
Instagram
YouTube
Instagram
"From the deep biosphere to outer space" How can the study of microbes in the deep biosphere possibly help us understand other planets? YouTube
Instagram
N/A
"Shells in sediment hold clues" Can shells help us tell history? They sure can when they are in marine sediments! YouTube
Instagram
YouTube
Instagram
"International collaborations" Is scientific ocean drilling an international effort? YouTube
Instagram
YouTube
Instagram
"Breathing methane" Have you ever thought about breathing something other than oxygen? Microbes can! YouTube
Instagram
N/A
"Drilling for core" What information does a ocean drilling vessel like the JOIDES Resolution provide? YouTube
Instagram
N/A
"Archaea " Meet Archaea, unique microbes of the deep sea! YouTube
Instagram
YouTube
Instagram
"Student robotics" Looking for a challenging project for your students?  YouTube
Instagram
N/A
"Sulfate" Did you know the ocean contains sulfate? YouTube
Instagram
YouTube
Instagram
"Microbes and our atmosphere" Do your teeth ever feel slimy? What does that have to do with our atmosphere? YouTube
Instagram
N/A
"Methane in marine sediments" Did you know sediments beneath the sea contain a greenhouse gas? YouTube
Instagram
YouTube
Instagram
"Hydrothermal vent fluids" Did you know there are spots where boiling hot water exits the sea floor? YouTube
Instagram
N/A
 
"Beneath the sea floor" Did you know there is water that moves under the ocean floor? YouTube
Instagram
N/A
 
"Measuring respiration" Microbes, M&M's, and balloons all play a part in this fun guest episode! YouTube
Instagram
N/A
 
"Tree of life" How many types of life forms do you think are on Earth? YouTube
Instagram
N/A
 
"Marine snow" We all have seen icy snow, but have you ever heard of marine snow? YouTube
Instagram
N/A
 
"Energy in Sulfur compounds" Sulfur for dinner? Some microbes would say 'Yes!' YouTube
Instagram
N/A
 
"Life under ice sheets" Did you know there are lakes - and life - under Antarctica? YouTube
Instagram
N/A
 
"Bacteria with power" Did you know that some bacteria in the deep sea grow their own electric "wires"? YouTube
Instagram
N/A
 
"Ophiolites" How do scientists study the ocean crust when it's so hard to access? YouTube
Instagram
N/A
 
"Pressure in the deep sea" Just how intense is the pressure deep beneath the sea? YouTube
Instagram
N/A
"Trapping deep sea microbes" How do researchers learn about microbes beneath the seafloor? YouTube
Instagram
N/A
 

Dive Deeper Episodes

Topic Description Video link
"Microbial fermenter" How do scientists replicate elements of the harsh environment of the deep sea in a laboratory? Dr. Frank Robb from the University of Maryland Baltimore shows one solution he uses and explains how it works. YouTube       
"Deep sea microbe adaptations to high temperatures" How do microbes live in harsh conditions like high heat? Dr. Frank Robb from the University of Maryland Baltimore describes a variety of adaptations that they've been found to use in such extreme conditions. YouTube       
"Science photography sheds light on the deep biosphere" How can photography further scientific work? Imaging specialist William Crawford explains from aboard the ocean drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution. YouTube       
"Lab tour with Dr. Jason Sylvan - Stop 1" How does a lab in central Texas study the microbial ecology of the ocean? Dr. Sylvan describes how this work is done, and some of the equipment he and his students use to do this important work. YouTube
"Lab tour with Dr. Jason Sylvan - Stop 2" Why is a Fluorescence Microplate Reader one of Dr. Sylvan's favorite pieces of lab equipment? It is used to study the enzymes inside microbes! YouTube
"Lab tour with Dr. Jason Sylvan - Stop 3" Why is a "clean room" important when studying microbes? Dr. Sylvan discusses one of the big challenges of working with microbes. YouTube

Virtual Reality Tours

Topic Description Tour link
Gallery of all VR tours A full gallery of all of our Project VIDEO VR 360-degree tours RoundMe
"Fermentation lab at the Institute of Marine & Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore, MD" A VR 360-degree tour of Dr. Frank Robb's fermentation lab at the IMET complex in Baltimore, MD RoundMe
"Microbial lab at IMET" A VR 360-degree tour of the microbial lab of Dr. Frank Robb RoundMe
"On board the JOIDES Resolution drilling vessel" A VR 360-degree tour of JOIDES Resolution drilling platform, deck, and laboratory spaces with 12 stops throughout the ship RoundMe
"Geosciences lab at Texas A&M University" A VR 360-degree tour of a geoscience laboratory and equipment with Dr. Jason Sylvan RoundMe
"IODP Gulf Coast Core Repository" A VR 360-degree tour of the cold-storage sediment core repository located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, TX RoundMe

As a part of this project, we are exploring virtual reality technology to immerse you in the deep sea microbe research world! Interested in learning more? Check out our virtual reality information page. The unique tours were recently recognized by the Delaware Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women with the top awards in their 2017 Communications Contest in the audiovisual category, as well as the 2017 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence with the Grand Prize in their Electronic Media category.

You can read more about this project in this UDaily article.

Have a child interested in learning more about the seafloor and below? Check out the e-book "Where Wild Microbes Grow: The Search for Life Under the Seafloor," available as a pdf and from iTunes! The above image is from this ebook!

Project Lead: Christopher Petrone, Education Specialist, Delaware Sea Grant

Video Production: Lisa Tossey, Delaware Sea Grant/University of Delaware

APEX Award Winner logo  NFPW Award Winner logo

 

This project was supported by the National Science Foundation Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (OCE-0939564).

Page Updated on December 18, 2017