Person: Tony McCann

Tony McCann is one of Falkor’s Second Officers and is from Paisley, Scotland.

Person: Jenny Waddell

Jenny Waddell is Research Coordinator at NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS), where she oversees ecological research, seafloor mapping efforts, and assessment and monitoring programs for the sanctuary. Jenny collaborates with a variety of partners to implement OCNMS science programs, including staff from across NOAA and at other Federal agencies, State of Washington agency … Continued

Person: Marc Fries

Marc Fries is a planetary scientist within the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at the Johnson Space Center. He also serves as the Cosmic Dust Curator, entrusted with the care of NASA’s collection of astromaterials collected by high-altitude aircraft. Fries is a Raman spectroscopist and an expert on carbonaceous materials in natural systems … Continued

Person: Nicole Morgan

Nicole Morgan is a Ph.D. Candidate in the lab of Dr. Amy Baco-Taylor with the Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science department at Florida State University. She received her Bachelor’s of Science of the University of Texas at Austin in Marine Biology and her Master’s of Science at Florida State University in Biological Oceanography. She is … Continued

Person: Linda Welzenbach

Linda Welzenbach is the science communications specialist in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice University. A geologist and former meteorite curator from the Smithsonian Institution who has participated on two expeditions to collect meteorites from Antarctica, she is looking forward to communicating this unique search for rocks from space aboard the … Continued

Person: John R. Smith

Dr. John R. Smith is an Oceanographer at the University Hawai‘i at Mānoa in the School of Ocean and Earth Science & Technology where he carries out research and a variety of specialized activities.  He has used various acoustical and in situ methods to study the seafloor and sub-seafloor in many of the world’s oceans, … Continued

Person: Becca Lensing

Becca Lensing is a Ph.D. Candidate in Marine Biology at the Center for Microbial Oceanography Research and Education (C-MORE) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Cornell College. Her previous work has investigated symbiotic relationships in insect and coral hosts and worked … Continued

Person: Sarah Bingo

Sarah Bingo is a research associate at the University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science. She works with the Joint Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Research extracting animal data from ROV video surveys of deep-water communities on seamounts and ridges. Her recent work involved extracting animal abundance data from ROV footage collected by … Continued

Cruise: Seeking Space Rocks

On March 7, 2018 at 8:05 PM local time, a meteorite broke up over the coast of Washington state, raining extraterrestrial rocks down into the ocean. This meteorite fall was detected by weather radars from the nationwide NEXRAD radar network, which recorded images of the falling rocks and data showing that they were composed of an unusually tough meteorite of unknown composition. … Continued

Log Post: The Thrill of Discovery

I applied for the Student Opportunities program through the Schmidt Ocean Institute as a way to learn about living and working on a research vessel, as well as the different kinds of sciences that are conducted out at sea. Before coming on this expedition, I had just finished the winter quarter of my first year … Continued