Research Description
The “Islands in the Stream 2002: Exploring Underwater Oases” research project took place from July 27 – August 5, 2002. The cruise helped several researchers collect data and information for a variety of research interests. One area of interest was the Shelf-Edge Reef ecosystem that occurs along the continental shelf break from the eastern coast of Florida to North Carolina, an area known as the South Atlantic Bight. Scientists used a submersible, the Johnson Sea-Link, to collect data in the form of video and still images of the shelf-edge reefs and samples of sediment, rocks, and organisms. The video footage was used to characterize the Southern reefs off the coast of Florida and compare them to the Northern reefs off the coast of the Carolinas. The clips are approximately 14 MB each and require a version of Quick Time Player to be viewed.


Dr. Leslie R. Sautter
Project Oceanica Director
Associate Professor
Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences,
College of Charleston
Paul Korchari
Graduate Student
MES Program, Biology,
College of Charleston
NSF GK-12 Fellowship
Mary O'Leary
Science Teacher
Sch. of Math & Science,
Charleston, SC
NSF GK-12 Fellowship
Dewey Golub
Project Oceanica
Technology Specialist
College of Charleston
NSF grant funded GK-12 #502448 (Tempel, G. and VanSickle, M., co-PIs)

Ph. 843-953-7846
Project Oceanica
Dept. of Geology & Environmental Geosciences
College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424
Fax 843-953-7850