Person: David Bowen

David Bowen is an award-winning studio artist and educator whose work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. Bowen’s work is concerned with aesthetics that result from interactive, reactive, and generative processes as they relate to intersections between natural and mechanical systems. He is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture … Continued

Log Post: Unexpected Pathways

“I never intended to be studying these cold seeps, but then I found the anomaly.” With those words, Oregon State University/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist Tamara Baumberger sets herself apart from the rest of our research crew here on R/V Falkor. Whereas most of us have been looking at methane seeps and the benthic … Continued

Log Post: WaterWords of the Day: Methanotroph

The WaterWord: Methanotroph Definition: Wrapping up our fourth and final methane-based EarthWord for this cruise! We’ve spent the last several EarthWords talking about what makes the methane and how it gets into the environment, so now let’s talk about what eats the methane: methanotrophs. Also called methanophiles (methane lovers), these microbes can be either bacteria or … Continued

Log Post: WaterWords of the Day: Methanogenesis

The WaterWord: Methanogenesis Definition: Anytime you see the word “genesis,” you’re looking at the beginning of something, and methanogenesis is no exception. It refers to the creation of methane by a specific set of microbes (microscopic organisms) that produce methane as a byproduct of digesting their food. Etymology: Methane comes from the French word methylene, itself made … Continued

Log Post: Source of the Seeps

Seven days have gone past since we set sail from Astoria, and every day we have looked at these methane seeps. Bubbles, nosy sablefish, half-buried clams, and colorful corals have dominated our ROV feeds from SuBastian. But in this log, I would like to shed a little light on a different aspect of all of … Continued

News: Lead Technician

Research Vessel Falkor – Lead Technician SPS Maritime Ltd SPS Maritime Ltd operates the research vessel FALKOR for Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI). SOI is a U.S. non-profit private operating foundation established in 2009 to advance oceanographic research. SOI brings together advanced science and state-of-the-art technology to achieve lasting results in ocean research, to catalyze open … Continued

Log Post: Hunting Bubbles – Week 01 Video Update

In this first weekly update for the 2019 #HuntingBubbles expedition, find out where the team is searching for methane seeps and why these features are important to study. Get an inside look at the cutting-edge technology, and amazing views of these stunning environments – as well as the beautiful creatures living there.

Person: Christine Lee

Christine Lee has an interdisciplinary practice straddling art, design, science and sustainability. She draws from a variety of investigation methods where intuitive direct-hand manipulation, traditional craft processes, and computer-aided technology are the central part of her research tools. She has traveled to numerous residencies and is involved in collaborations with artists and scientists. Her work … Continued

Log Post: WaterWords of the Day: Continental Margin

The WaterWords: Continental Margin Definition: If you have ever gotten grief from a teacher for doodling in the margins of your notebook, you are probably aware that a margin is an edge or a border. The continental margin, then, is the transition zone of the seafloor between the coast and the deep ocean. Etymology: Continent comes … Continued

Log Post: The Secret Life of Bubbles

“Wait, stop, back up! There were bubbles back there!” With a cry and dramatic gesture to the screen, GEOMAR scientist and shipboard bubble expert Jens Greinert grabbed all of our attention. “Trust me, I’ve got a sixth sense for bubbles,” Jens assured us, or more specifically, ROV SuBastian’s pilot. And sure enough, after we performed the … Continued