Page: ROV FAQs

What is an ROV? ROV stands for Remotely Operated Vehicle. It is an underwater robot, sometimes known as a remote controlled submarine, controlled by pilots on a ship. The ROV is connected to the ship by a cable, called an umbilical, that contains lines running communications and power to the vehicle. DIagram of ROV SuBastian … Continued

Person: Kevin T McHugh

Kevin is a Seattle based freelance and commercial photographer, often found working projects in remote backcountry winter environments, underwater, outside moving vehicles, tucked away corners of the globe and busy streets of major cities. He has been shooting for over seven years, and before this was focused on video production. He isn’t all creative, in … Continued

News: Temporary Deckhand

Schmidt Ocean Institute is currently seeking highly experienced candidates for the shipboard position of Temporary Deckhand. The opening is a unique opportunity to join this young organization to fulfill a seagoing position in support of the 275’/82.9m oceanographic research vessel Falkor. We are  looking to sign someone from  23 August 2017, departing 06 November 2017 … Continued

News: Marine Operations Manager

Schmidt Ocean Institute is a 501(c)(3) U.S. non-profit private operating foundation ( established in March 2009 to advance oceanographic research and catalyze open sharing of information about the oceans. We conduct ocean science operations globally using our oceanographic research vessel Falkor, providing our collaborators with access to R/V Falkor in exchange for a commitment to … Continued

Person: Scott White

Scott White is a geological oceanographer who uses sonars, visual observations, GIS and remote-sensing to understand the processes that shape the seabed. Specifically, he works on understanding the variety and distribution of different submerged landscapes, both in space and time. Scott and his students at the University of South Carolina develop or use computers for … Continued

Person: Clark Sherman

Clark Sherman is a professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez.  Clark did his graduate work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he studied the geology and sea-level history of Pleistocene reefs on the island of Oahu.  He has continued studying the geology of both modern and … Continued

Page: ROV Dives: Virtual Vents: The Changing Face of Hydrothermalism Revealed

The primary goal of this study was to create a series of 1-cm resolution 3D models of vent groups found in Tongan waters, specifically on the Northeastern Lau Basin. These models then formed the reference for layered environmental maps at unprecedented resolution that can help define the nature of venting, fluid temperature/chemistry, and animal clusters … Continued

Person: Katherine Herries

Katherine (Kate) Herries is a Master’s candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her current research focuses on reconstructing sea level rise during the last deglaciation. She is using U-Th dating techniques on Hawaiian corals to resolve the age of the glacial meltwater pulse 1a. She is also analyzing the coral samples for post-mortem … Continued

Page: ROV Dives: Ecosystem dynamics of Western Pacific hydrothermal vent communities

The cruise, led by Dr. Charles Fisher from Pennsylvania State University and Dr. Peter Girguis from Harvard University, examined the patterns and changes in biological, geological and chemical characteristics of hydrothermal vents. The team conducted complimentary surveys, sampling, and laboratory experiments facilitated by the remotely operated vehicle ROPOS. Expansive sonar mapping wias used to characterize … Continued