News: Science Communications Student Internship

Science Communications Student Internship (15 hours/week, 16 weeks: September – December, 2019) Location: Honolulu, HI                                           Application Deadline: 6-September-2019 Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) is a U.S. non-profit private operating foundation (www.schmidtocean.org) established in March 2009 to … Continued

Log Post: 4K Video Highlights – Deep Coral Diversity

As the Deep Coral Diversity expedition wraps, take a look back at some of the amazing creatures and landscapes Remotely Operated Vehicle SuBastian was able to share via video feed from these never-before-seen areas around the Emperor Seamounts.

Publication: Zhang, Y., Ryan, J., Kieft, B., Hobson, B., McEwen, R., Godin, M., Harvey, J., Barone, B., Bellingham, J., Birch, J., Scholin, C., and Chavez, F. (2019). Targeted Sampling by Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. Front. Mar. Sci. 6:415, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00415. 

Zhang, Y., Ryan, J., Kieft, B., Hobson, B., McEwen, R., Godin, M., Harvey, J., Barone, B., Bellingham, J., Birch, J., Scholin, C., and Chavez, F. (2019). Targeted Sampling by Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. Front. Mar. Sci. 6:415, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00415.

Log Post: Week 03 Update – Deep Coral Diversity at Emperor Seamounts

“The shape of the seafloor affects how water moves over it, and that impacts what animals are going to live there. The environment, the topography, how much food is falling down, all makes a difference to what can live there and what does live there.” Head down to the depths with ROV SuBastian to explore … Continued

Cruise: Listening for Cryptic Whales Species

This expedition will feature exploration of the Emperor Seamount Chain while researching biodiversity and its drivers. Using currents, mapping, and radio isotopes to track water masses – as well as genetic sampling of corals – the team will determine the driving force behind coral distribution in this region.

Log Post: Tiny But Mighty

Marine microbes (bacteria, archaea, and viruses) are tiny. They are less than one-hundredth the width of a human hair—too small to see with the unaided human eye. But do not let their unassuming size fool you, these minuscule (and abundant!) organisms have dictated the fate of the planet for the last 3.5 billion years. I … Continued

Person: Pina Gruden

Pina Gruden is a post-doctoral acoustic researcher working for the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR), University of Hawaii. She is an acoustical engineer with fifteen years of experience in marine mammal field data collection and data analysis and is specialized in signal processing and machine learning for underwater sound. She has a … Continued

Person: Kym Yano

Kym Yano was born and raised in Honolulu. During middle school camp, she had an epiphany that Hawaii is absolutely GORGEOUS. At that moment, she knew her future would involve protecting the islands she calls home. In fact, her childhood dream job was to study Hawaii’s whales and help them thrive in the vast turquoise … Continued