Log Post: When Opportunity Knocks

There is a saying: “When opportunity knocks, let it in”. In 2017, I was fortunate to be selected as a Schmidt Ocean Institute Student Opportunity Participant on an R/V Falkor voyage to the Hawaiian Main Islands. The Student Opportunity program provides a platform for undergraduate and graduate students to take part in seagoing research projects. … Continued

Page: ROV Dives – Seamounts, Canyons & Reefs of the Coral Sea

The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is one of the world’s best-known reef systems, however its deep reef and canyon ecosystems are largely a mystery. ROV SuBastian will collect samples, sediment cores, and high-resolution imagery of deep canyons and reefs that extend down to 2,500m. ROV SuBastian will also be outfitted with a high-resolution camera from JAMSTEC … Continued

Log Post: Deep Diving in the Coral Sea

The science team on Falkor is really excited to be heading off on this unique voyage of research and discovery in the Coral Sea and outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. We will explore dark, poorly known deep areas, down to a kilometre below the surface, in one of the world’s most remote and … Continued

Person: Steph McLennan

Dr Steph McLennan is a geoscientist making her first foray into marine geoscience and the tropics. She specialises in landscape evolution and sedimentology and since 2016 has focused on understanding environmental impacts on ice-free areas of Antarctica. She uses surface geology mapping, soil science, and technology like drones to reveal the glacial history of East … Continued

Person: David Henderson

David Henderson is a Technical Officer at The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) responsible for the mechanical design, simulation, and manufacture of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) components and systems. He completed his Bachelor of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering from the University of Technology Sydney, inventing a novel 3D printer for which he was awarded … Continued

Person: Alysha Johnson

Alysha Johnson is a PhD candidate and Higher Research Degree student at the University of Wollongong studying under Prof. Colin Woodroffe. Her research is focused on understanding the evolution of volcanic island chains and what seabed geomorphology may indicate about oceanic island erosion. Alysha has recently completed a BSc (Hons) at the University of Auckland … Continued

Person: Andrew Carroll

Dr Andrew Carroll is a marine ecologist at Geoscience Australia (GA), with research expertise in the management and conservation of marine biodiversity and the assessment of anthropogenic stressors on marine fauna. Andrew completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) and a PhD at Southern Cross University (Australia), where he studied patterns of coral reproduction and … Continued

News: Exclusive Edition on Deep-Sea Research and Exploration is Open for Submissions

As part of an exclusive 2020 digital series, ECO Magazine will publish a special issue on deep-sea research in partnership with Schmidt Ocean Institute and the National Oceanography Centre. Due for publication in November 2020, the exclusive Deep-Sea Edition will highlight the latest international research and observations, ground-breaking expeditions, and new developments in deep-sea innovation including underwater robots, … Continued