Log Post: Underwater Fire ~ Week 02 Video

“On these expeditions, I always have to remind myself that what we are seeing on the video screen or computer monitor is not somewhere else – it is right under our feet!” The team is taking sensor readings and making maps to describe the current state of the volcano, in order to make the most … Continued

News: Schmidt Ocean Institute Impact Award presented to Dr. Christopher Zappa

On October 3rd, 2017 Schmidt Ocean Institute presented the first Impact Award to Dr. Christopher Zappa at the celebration of five years of research on board Falkor. The Schmidt Ocean Institute Impact Award recognizes investigators who have sailed on research vessel Falkor and taken great risks to align their research with our mission, to transform ocean … Continued

Log Post: New Views of the Seafloor

One of the main missions for the Sentry Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) on the first leg of this expedition has been to collect high-resolution bathymetry of the areas where we want to make dives with Remotely Operated Vehicle SuBastian on the upcoming second leg.  The sonar on Sentry is similar to the one on Falkor, … Continued

Publication: Baker, E., Walker, S., Resing, J., Chadwick, Jr., W., Merle, S., Anderson, M., Butterfield, D., Buck, N., and S. Michael. (2017). The Effect of Arc Proximity on Hydrothermal Activity Along Spreading Centers: New Evidence from the Mariana Back-Arc (12.7° – 18.3°N). Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst.. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1002/2017GC007234. [This article has been published as OPEN ACCESS].

Baker, E., Walker, S., Resing, J., Chadwick, Jr., W., Merle, S., Anderson, M., Butterfield, D., Buck, N., and S. Michael. (2017). The Effect of Arc Proximity on Hydrothermal Activity Along Spreading Centers: New Evidence from the Mariana Back-Arc (12.7° – 18.3°N). Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst.. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1002/2017GC007234. [This article has been published as OPEN … Continued

Log Post: Where there is smoke…

As the old saying goes, “Where there is smoke, there is fire.” This is the approach researchers on R/V Falkor are using: searching for particles and chemical signals as tracers of plumes. The chemistry of seawater around volcanoes is different from that of the rest of the ocean. When the team runs into these differences over … Continued

Person: Walter Cho

Walter Cho is a deep-sea biologist and an associate professor in the Biology Department at Point Loma Nazarene University.  His research focuses on the biodiversity, biogeography, and population connectivity of marine fauna using a variety of molecular and ecological analyses.  Walter received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Harvard University and received a PhD in … Continued

Publication: Orcutt B., Lapham L., Delaney J., Sarode N., Marshall K., Whaley-Martin K., Slater G., Wheat C., and P. Girguis. (2017). Microbial Response to Oil Enrichment in Gulf of Mexico Sediment Measured Using a Novel Long-term Benthic Lander System. Elementa Science of the Anthropocene, 5(18), doi:10.1525/elementa.129. [This article has been published as OPEN ACCESS.]

Orcutt B., Lapham L., Delaney J., Sarode N., Marshall K., Whaley-Martin K., Slater G., Wheat C., and P. Girguis. (2017). Microbial Response to Oil Enrichment in Gulf of Mexico Sediment Measured Using a Novel Long-term Benthic Lander System. Elementa Science of the Anthropocene, 5(18), doi:10.1525/elementa.129. [This article has been published as OPEN ACCESS.]

Publication: Streich, M., Ajemian, M., Wetz, J., and G. Stunz. (2017). A Comparison of Fish Community Structure at Mesophotic Artificial Reefs and Natural Banks in the Western Gulf of Mexico,  Marine and Coastal Fishes, 9 (1), doi:10.1080/19425120.2017.1282897.  [This article has been published as OPEN ACCESS].

Streich, M., Ajemian, M., Wetz, J., and G. Stunz. (2017). A Comparison of Fish Community Structure at Mesophotic Artificial Reefs and Natural Banks in the Western Gulf of Mexico,  Marine and Coastal Fishes, 9 (1), doi:10.1080/19425120.2017.1282897.  [This article has been published as OPEN ACCESS].

Log Post: Fire Meets Water

Like a domino effect, several things happen to seawater when it comes in contact with a volcano. When a volcano is not erupting and there is hydrothermal activity, hot water with very different chemistry from seawater rises up, just like steam would over a boiling pot. It spreads out and begins to create particles, or … Continued

Log Post: What is so interesting about Submarine volcanoes?

Jagged piles of molten rock, sulfurous smoke, exploding gaseous emissions, shifting landscapes, otherworldly creatures, scalding acidic fluids, swirling plumes of volcanic gasses and particles, and crushing pressure of the overlying sea: what is not to like about active submarine volcanoes? If that’s not reason enough for come to these places, how about an opportunity to … Continued