News: ROV Pilot Technician aboard R/V FALKOR

Start date for tendering position: July 26, 2016 End date for tendering position: August 21, 2016 During the tendering timeframe we will collect CVs. Interviews for the shortlisted candidates will be held in the week after the tendering end date. PDF description available here. Schmidt Ocean Institute is a U.S. non­profit private operating foundation ( … Continued


Log Post: Connecting with the USS Indianapolis

Falkor’s journey from Nah Trang, Vietnam to the island of Guam was over nearly 1200 nautical miles of open ocean, of which the majority is uncharted – despite being in an area of strong scientific interest. Even with no scientists on board, Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Technicians always aim to run a suite of science sensors as … Continued


Log Post: Reflections from ROV Integration

My experience with the Schmidt Ocean Institute was very valuable. I used the program as an opportunity to experiment with computer based animation, something I had been meaning to do for a long time, but didn’t have a project to focus on.  The missions of the Falkor crew and the ROV SuBastian team were so … Continued

Falkor leaving Apra Harbor, Guam.

Log Post: Integrating ROV SuBastian – A How To Guide

Yesterday morning Falkor departed Apra Harbor, heading out to sea to embark on a month of sea trials with Schmidt Ocean Institute’s brand new ROV SuBastian. Integrating a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) onto a research vessel is not an easy process; you cannot just drop it on board and call it a day. Both the vehicle … Continued


Person: Russell Coffield

Russell is one of ROV SuBastian’s contracted pilots. He has been in the offshore industry for the last 16 years, Russell started out his offshore career with the Fiber optic cable installation vessels, and then moved into Sub-sea engineering where he has worked as a supervisor on a vast range ROV projects in the Energy, … Continued

Person: Erik Cordes

Dr. Erik Cordes  is a deep sea ecologist and Principal Investigator at Temple University. He received his M.S. from Moss Landing Marine Labs, his Ph.D. from Penn State University and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. He has worked on the ecology of the deep sea for over 20 years, spending over a year at … Continued

Person: Bruce Robison

Dr. Bruce Robison is a Senior Scientists and Midwater Ecologist at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).

Person: Colin Devey

Dr. Colin Devey is the Head of the Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems Research Unit at GEOMAR.