Collection Data

Page Contents: Section | Significance | Background | Location & Dates | Taxonomic Contents | Documentation | Description of Collection | Collection Inventory | Collection Assets | Specimen Condition | Container Condition | Label Condition | Label Content | Level of Taxonomic Identification

PULSE, Point Sal, Santa Barbara County

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

Background (Top)

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

Polychaetes, Echinoderms, Crustacea, Molluscs, and miscellaneous phyla. Representatives of the major phyla are housed in the appropriate sections. Miscellaneous phyla specimens were sorted out of trawl cod-end grunge samples given to the Polychaete Section and remain with Polychaetes. 190 Crustacea lots curated and shelved taxonomically Nov 2015. Contents include: 17 lots Galatheoidea, 14 lots Pycnogonida, 21 lots Isopoda, 16 lots Mysidacea, 19 lots Copepoda, 24 lots Tanaidacea, 14 lots Phyllocarida, 16 lots Amphipoda, 24 lots Gnathophausia, 22 lots barnacles, 1 lot Ostracoda, 2 lots Caprellidae.

Documentation (Top)

Ship's blog and interviews with Dr. Smith and his colleagues during PULSE 53 (2007), PULSE 56 (2010), PULSE 58 (2011) and PULSE 62 (2013) can be found on the MBARI website at

Station data has been entered into the Malacology-Echinoderm database for their samples. Polychaete samples have full station information on jar labels. 11 November 2015 crustacean lots were not individually cataloged, but rather received MBPC16224 label to identify it as belonging to this collection.

Description of Collection (Top)

Wet preserved collection. Samples originally fixed in 10% formalin, later rinsed in fresh water and transferred into 70% ethanol. Uncertain if Crustacea specimens were ever transferred from formalin to ethanol until recurated November 2015 at which time MBPC16224 was added to each crustacean lot.

Collection Inventory (Top)

Molluscs, echinoderms, polychaetes, crustaceans.

Collection Assets (Top)

Date Click to View Image Information
11/24/2014 View [610.5 kB] Effect of the pelagic food supply on benthic plate sponge abundance and size in the abyssal NE Pacific
Amanda Kahn, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Mentors: Ken L. Smith, Henry A. Ruhl Summer 2007
11/24/2014 View [288.5 kB] Booth, et al. 2008. Size-frequency dynamics of NE Pacific abyssal ophiuroids (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea). Marine Biology 154: 933-941.
11/24/2014 View [789.2 kB] Gooday, A. J. 2002. Biological Responses to Seasonally Varying Fluxes of Organic Matter to the Ocean Floor: A Review. Journal of Oceanography 58: 305-332.
11/24/2014 View [1224.8 kB] First observations of Onuphidae (Polychaeta) patch ecology on the abyssal seafloor
Claire Laguionie-Marchais, University of Southampton, UK
Mentors: Dr. Ken Smith, Dr. Christine Huffard Summer 2013
11/24/2014 View [171.8 kB] Ruhl, et al. 2004. Shifts in deep-sea community structure linked to climate and food supply. Science 305: 513.
11/24/2014 View [520.9 kB] Smith et al. Deep ocean community food supply and demand impacted by changing climate over 24 years in the abyssal northeast Pacific Ocean.
11/24/2014 View [2271.1 kB] Smith et al. 2009. Climate, carbon cycling, and deep-ocean ecosystems. PNAS 106 (46): 19211-19218.
11/24/2014 View [462.5 kB] Smith, K.L. and E.R.M. Druffel. 1998. Climate, carbon cycling, and deep-ocean ecosystems. Deep-Sea Research II 45: 573-586.
11/24/2014 View [2345.5 kB] Smith, et al. 1994. Coupling of near-bottom and benthic processes at abyssal depths in the eastern North Pacific Ocean. Limnology and Oceanography 39(5): 1101-1118.
11/24/2014 View [2141.6 kB] Kuhnz, et al. 2014. Rapid changes and long-term cycles in the benthic megafaunal community observed over 24 years in the abyssal northeast Pacific. Progress in Oceanography 124: 1-11.
11/24/2014 View [1562.4 kB] Smith et al. 2014. Large salp bloom export from the upper ocean and benthic community response in the abyssal northeast Pacific: Day to week resolution. Limnology and Oceanography 59(3): 745-757.
11/24/2014 View [624.3 kB] Smith et al. 2013. Deep ocean communities impacted by changing climate over 24 y in the abyssal northeast Pacific Ocean. PNAS 110(49)19838-19841.
11/24/2014 View [2049.9 kB] Smith et al. 2001. Pelagic-benthic coupling in the abyssal eastern North Pacific: An 8-year time-series study of food supply and demand. Limnology and Oceanography 46(3): 543-556.
11/24/2014 View [405.0 kB] Beaulieu, S. E. 2001. Colonization of habitat islands in the deep sea: recruitment to glass sponge stalks. Deep-Sea Research I 48: 1121-1137.
11/24/2014 View [220.0 kB] Beaulieu, S. E. 2001. Life on glass houses: sponge stalk communities in the deep sea. Marine Biology 138: 803-817.

Specimen Condition (Top)

Date 4: New alcohol needed immediately (specimens will otherwise be irreparably damaged) 3: Containers need to be 'topped off' 2: New alcohol needed within next 6-12 months 1: No curation needed at present
12/31/2014 0% 0% 1% 99%
Polychaetes only 14 Nov 2014.

Container Condition (Top)

Date 4: Immediate short-term (less than 5 years) storage container replacement needed. Present containers are inadequate. Curate in the short-term with plastic buckets, whirltop bags, or similar. 3: Specimens contained in museum-grade long-term (greater than 5 years) storage containers. Jars need new closures (e.g. replace Bakelite and metal lids). 2: Transfer to museum-grade long-term storage containers. Replace or transfer to new jars and glass vials, replace cotton and closures. 1: Containers are museum-grade and meet highest curation standards.
12/31/2014 0% 0% 90% 10%
Polychaetes only 14 Nov 2014.

Label Condition (Top)

Date 4: New labels needed immediately (original labels in poor condition, paper torn/worn, legibility poor). 3: New labels needed within next 1-2 years (original labels beginning to wear, pencil writing fading, low quality paper was used). 2: New labels needed are as a result of curation and accretion of collection. 1: No new labels needed at present.
12/31/2014 0% 0% 90% 10%
Polychaetes only 14 Nov 2014.

Label Content (Top)

Date 2: New label or additional label needed because original label data is incomplete and supporting documentation provides additional collection data which greately enhances significance and value of each lot. 1: Label content complete. All collection data are contained on label.
12/31/2014 50% 50%
Polychaetes only 14 Nov 2014.

Level of Taxonomic Identification (Top)

Date 7: Not identified 6: Phylum 5: Class 4: Order 3: Family 2: Genus 1: Species
12/31/2014 0% 0% 0% 0% 90% 0% 10%
Polychaetes only 14 Nov 2014.