Page: Biodiverse Borderlands

The deep sea hosts minerals that contain high quantities of elements that are valuable for human societies. Countries around the world are preparing to develop extractive practices for deep-sea minerals, and baseline biological data are needed to further assess the life that may dwell on or around minerals in different benthic environments. To examine the trade-offs … Continued

Person: Devin Vlach

Devin is a second-year M.S. student studying Biological Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He is currently working with Dr. Lisa Levin and her amazing team of deep-sea scientists. His research is focused on the megafauna communities in the Southern California Borderland (SCB) and their affinity for phosphorite and ferromanganese crusts. Devin has previously … Continued

Log Post: Why Care For and Explore the Deep Ocean?

People are curious by nature and drawn to frontier settings. Marco Polo, Davey Crockett, Ernest Shackleton, Jacques Cousteau, and Captain James Kirk are testimony to the human desire to go where no man has gone before. This desire is no different in regards to the deep sea, a place of mystery and isolation. It is, … Continued

Log Post: Crunching Corals in the Deep Sea

It is likely most of you have never heard the word “corallivory,” and fair enough – it is not in the mainstream. But arguably, it should be! You may be familiar with the word “herbivory,” for example. Corallivory as a concept is similar and simply put, is the consumption of living corals by predators. See … Continued

Person: Jovelle Tamayo

Jovelle Tamayo is a Filipina American photographer, filmmaker, and journalist based in Seattle, Washington. Their bylines appear in various news outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Washington Post, and TIME. In addition to her work as a visual storyteller, Jovelle is a media educator for youth and college students, a … Continued

Log Post: 244 Coral Samples, 14 Seamounts, and 2 Glass Octopuses

It has been an epic 34 days at sea, where we have seen no other humans and are now completely saturated in the color blue, of which I think we have seen every shade possible. But more importantly, we have seen and sampled incredible and important things in our ~250 hours underwater with the ROV … Continued

News: “Ocean Rising” Event and White Paper Available Online

Nekton Mission and the Schmidt Ocean Institute held “Ocean Rising: The Quest to Inspire the Public,” a virtual workshop, on July 7th, 2021. The purpose of the event was to spotlight inspiring talks and breakout discussions on how to stimulate the public by engaging popular culture in ocean sciences and storytelling. Head over to the … Continued

Log Post: The Beauty of Learning

Kiribati Language (English Below) Imwain tokau n te kaibuke ni ira te kamatebwai ae e karaoaki ni marawa aika a kakaoro ao e nang uarereke au atatai ibukin bwain taari ma manina nako. I ataia ae iai ikana n aron te bakoa ao a maiti riki ao n aki nangn ataia bwa bukin tera raoi … Continued

Person: Tanya Young

TANYA YOUNG is an artist working in Del Mar, California. She started painting at a very young age, beginning with children’s classes at the Art Institute of Chicago while in primary school. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her M.F.A. in Painting at … Continued