Lone Ranger departed from Las Palmas, Canary Islands on January 11, 2011, to cross the Atlantic for its maiden scientific cruise entitled "2011 Lone Ranger Marine Pollutants Atlantic Expedition".
An onboard coalition of scientists led by Dr. Erika (Raymond) Montague, SOI Fellow, MBARI Postdoctoral Researcher, and the Chief Scientist for this expedition, endeavored to explore approximately 3,000 nautical miles of the North Atlantic Gyre through the Sargasso Sea to study ocean pollutants. Researchers targeted microbes that could serve as new energy sources, and investigated the composition, structure, and biochemical dynamics of pollutants across the North Atlantic. In collaboration with fellow SOI Fellow, Dr. Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, samples obtained during surface trawls on Lone Ranger’s 2011 Transaltantic Cruise were cataloged and identified from images taken prior to preservation: Larval Fish Table. The expedition concluded in Bermuda on January 29, 2011.