Person: Verena Tunnicliffe

Verena Tunnicliffe is a marine biologist at University of Victoria in Canada where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Deep Ocean Research. She combines a drive for ocean exploration with a passion to understand the nature and functions of novel communities. A lifetime of ocean exploration has stretched from coral reefs to subsea volcanoes … Continued


Log Post: Islands within an island

Today Falkor has begun a five-day transit from the Timor Sea into the Pacific Ocean. While some of those onboard are yielding to the soothing effects of its rocking, the crew is busy making sure the island keeps functioning. Fundamentally, that is what we are: an 83-meter island with an autonomy of 36 days. Falkor’s … Continued


Log Post: The small hours

At 7:30am, the sun will barely have started its slow ascent. Maybe that is why waking up at 4:30am to prepare the instruments to go aboard Falkor’s work boat, Atreyu, feels like a giant test of Janina Rahlff’s commitment to her research. She is not the only one involved of course, Chief Scientist Oliver Wurl and two … Continued


Log Post: Winds of change

There has not been a slow day in this expedition. As Chief Officer Paul Shepherd and his team scan the horizon in search for a helicopter, he considers what a luxury it has been to have had a whole week to practice this cruise’s operations in ideal weather. Getting instruments in and out of the … Continued


Page: Cruise Maps

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Log Post: The time has come

The processes controlling carbon dioxide transport and transformation in oceans remain uncertain. We need to be able to model the transfer of this gas between the atmosphere and the ocean in order to create regional and global budgets of carbon, nutrients and pollutants. Technology is one of the reasons why this knowledge has had to … Continued


Log Post: The dust people

It was hot when Drs Rachel Shelley and William Landing were setting up the aerosol sampler on the forecastle of Falkor. Secured to the railing on the outside of the Bridge, the sampler is basically a vacuum machine that runs huge amounts of air through a filter, collecting dust suspended in the air. It is a … Continued

A remotely operated catamaran collects microlayer samples.

Log Post: Sea Surface Microlayer: Why?

We have all heard it, we know more about the universe than we do about the oceans. Many more have walked on the moon than descended to the deepest part of the ocean. The maps we have of the seafloor are generally less detailed than the maps of the planets around us. There is, no … Continued


Person: Andra Bobbitt

Andra Bobbitt has participated in numerous research expeditions over the past 30+. Her work has involved processing acoustic navigation for camera systems/submarines/ROVs, collection and synthesis of multibeam bathymetry data, establishing an oceanographic geographic information system (GIS) for the NOAA EOI (formerly Vents) Program as well as serving as their Webmaster.  She graduated in 1984 from the University … Continued


Person: Christopher Zappa

Christopher Zappa grew up north of Boston, Massachusetts. He attended Columbia University as an undergraduate and earned a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1992. It was there that he developed his strong interest in fluid dynamics. In 1992, he moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington and resided at the Applied … Continued