The deep ocean is always in motion, with its circulation driven by water density. The densest waters are formed at the surface in the North Atlantic and on the continental shelves around Antarctica. These cold, salty waters then sink and flow into all the ocean basins. For the most part, the deep ocean temperature varies … Continued
Kira is a Research Oceanographer with the U.S. Geological Survey. She studies minerals that form in the deep ocean, especially focusing on ferromanganese crusts, manganese nodules, and phosphorites. The chemical composition of these deposits reveals information about ocean chemistry from the past, as far as 70 million years ago for the oldest ferromanganese crust deposits that … Continued
Paul Jensen is a Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego. His research interests lie at the interface of marine microbiology and natural products chemistry. His lab addresses fundamental questions such as what marine microbes produce natural products, where they live, why they make them, and how to better exploit … Continued
Shannon is currently pursuing a master’s en route to a Ph.D. in the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Oceanography program. Shannon investigates biogeochemical cycles in the Southern Ocean with biogeochemical profiling floats and remote sensing. Her current work aims to constrain the biological carbon pump in the Southern Ocean seasonal sea ice zone. In addition … Continued
From tiny nudibranchs to swaying sea snakes and brilliant corals, the ROV highlights from the #TwilightCoral expedition are vivd, beautiful, and stunning. Principal Investigator Dr. Karen Miller: “We have discovered so much about the mesophotic zone at Ashmore Reef during our expedition. The diversity on the seafloor is incredible, and we have explored everything from … Continued
The Schmidt Ocean Institute Science Communications Internship aims to provide educational and practical support to graduate students studying marine science, communications, journalism or related fields. Interns will work with our Communications Team supporting outreach programs, with the goal of engaging, influencing, and generating public support for a healthy ocean through advanced scientific research, technology innovation, … Continued
Having studied corals from the Great Barrier Reef to Antarctica, it is easy to think I have seen it all. But experiences like the Australian Mesophotic Coral Expedition are humbling and make me realise just how much more there is still to learn about our oceans. We have discovered so much about the mesophotic zone … Continued
Andrew Jackson is one of Falkor’s Third Engineers.
Isabella Obermiller is now on board Falkor as temporary 2nd Officer.
“It has been a fantastic journey.” There have been a huge number of achievements on the #TwilightCoral expedition, including completely circumnavigating Ashmore Reef and fully mapping its mesophytic zone. The team also explored the sea floor for 140 hours via ROV SuBastian, recording the species that live there and documenting the different habitat types. Watch … Continued