Shelf & Slope Experimental Taphonomy Initiative

The Shelf & Slope Experimental Taphonomy Initiative

A long-term experiment on the fate of organism's remains at the sediment-water interface


  • Eric N. Powell, Rutgers
  • Karla Parsons-Hubbard, Oberlin College
  • Carlton E. Brett, U. Cincinnati
  • Russell Callender, NOAA
  • Anne Raymond, Texas A&M U.
  • George Staff, Austin Com. College
  • Sally E. Walker, U. of Georgia
  • Kathryn Ashton--Alcox, Rutgers
  • Richard Krause, Virginia Tech
  • Wei-Jun Cai, U. of Georgia
  • Rebekah Shepard, UC Davis
  • Donna Carlson-Jones, Johns Hopkins U.


The Johnson Sea Link at 15m with experiments
(rods are buried with only floats visible at this site).

Since 1993...
The original experiments were placed on the sea floor in 1993 and have been sampled numerous times since then. The experiments are designed to be easily deployed and retrieved by submersible. For more information about the experimental design, results, and ongoing work, follow the links below.

Funding & Support

In addition, we thank the support of our home institutions and the staff and crews of the R/V Seward Johnson and R/V Johnson Sea Link of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, and the R/V Delta and Gamma research submersibles

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0345618. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation

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This page last updated July 26, 2006