Our Life in the Abyss Overnight program it will feature our popular living systems lab which explores the interactions between marine organisms and their ecosystems. In the lab, students will investigate relationship between biotic and abiotic components of the marine ecosystem. The lab includes a fish dissection where students will look at external and internal anatomy. Test water quality of different water samples to see which animals are best suited to live in it as well as discuss various habitats and ecosystems in the ocean. Lastly students will investigate moon jelly life cycle and their importance in the food chain with predator and prey relations. In the evening, students will explore what life is like thousands of feet down in the abyss. Students will explore food chains of the deep and look at hydrothermal vents and discuss varying traits of bioluminescent animals. Students will also explore how research is conducted in the abyss by driving an underwater ROV to complete their mission. The cruise portion onboard our research vessel the R/V Sea Explorer explores benthic and pelagic habitats by deploying oceanographic sampling equipment to collect a variety of marine specimens. Students will identify plankton and discuss their role in the ocean. Students will discover decomposition and recycling of nutrients by identifying benthic organisms.