Log Post: Phytoplankton Sampling Strategies

Plankton comes from the greek word planktos, meaning wanderer. It does not define a specific organism, but rather a specific life style. Plankton consist of all organisms dispersed in water that are passively driven by water currents or are subject to passive sinking process. Some of those organisms have an ability to produce oxygen and sugars … Continued

Log Post: Weekly Video ~ Wrapping up the Sea to Space Expedition

“All of these different people with different perspectives, but everybody is interested in the same question. And when you have people thinking about the same question, but in different ways and with different educational backgrounds, then you’re going to have a much better chance of actually answering it.” As the Sea to Space cruise wraps, … Continued

Log Post: Science at Sea: Challenges, Silver Linings, and Success

The sediment traps and the Wirewalker were recovered after three days of collecting data with a big surprise. Some parts were bent, and three out of the four collecting cylinders of the sediment traps were missing. The remaining trap was broken and unusable. One battery pack was lost, another damaged and the bungee had snapped. “What if we are not prepared … Continued

Log Post: The Ocean’s Colors from Space

Earth’s ocean is vast and deep, and we still need to study many things about it. To investigate and quantify biological and chemical processes, for instance, we need to determine the concentration and size of particles (living and non-living organisms) floating in the water, dissolved materials, and the diversity of organisms such as the microscopic … Continued

Person: Cody Peyres

Cody Peyres is one of Schmidt Ocean Institute’s ROV Pilot Technicians. He is from Katy, Tx and has been working with ROV’s since 2012. Cody has worked on numerous ROVs from heavy work class all the way down to small inspection class. He has also worked in oil & gas exploration, and has a background in electrical … Continued

Person: Campbell “Buzz” Scott

Campbell “Buzz” Scott is one of Schmidt Ocean Institute’s ROV Pilot Technicians.  Buzz comes with a wealth of experience as President, CEO, and founder of OceansWide and over ten years piloting ROV’s for Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.  A marine technician by training and experience, he spent eight years on research ships with the U.S. … Continued

Log Post: Phytoplankton in Three Phases

I always knew that one day I wanted to study the ocean, even though I grew up just north of Pittsburgh and had never seen the ocean. After graduating high school, I attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina where my plan from the start was to major in Marine Biology. I began my … Continued

Log Post: Maiden Voyages

Melissa Omand, interdisciplinary physical oceanographer from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, was confronted with a conflict: it was time for an upgrade to her phone, but creating more technological trash did not feel right. Plus, the camera on her older phone was fantastic. Together with her first graduate student Noah Walcutt, she worked on … Continued

Log Post: Going With the Flow

Trying to sleep on a trampoline while somebody is jumping on it – this is how it feels during many nights at sea as the ship zig-zags in an imaginary box around our drifting instruments in the North Pacific during winter. This is when biological activity is lowest, but clearly there is no absence of physical … Continued