News: Australian Scientists Discover New Corals on Most Comprehensive Deep-Sea Study of Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea Marine Parks

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – For the first time, scientists have viewed the deepest regions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, discovered five undescribed species consisting of black corals and sponges, and recorded Australia’s first observation of an extremely rare fish. They also took critical habitat samples that will lead to a greater understanding of the … Continued

Log Post: 4K Video Highlights – Video Update

Some of the fantastical creatures, colors, and scenes from our latest expedition may seem better suited for fairy tales than the deep sea! This highlight collection contains some of the most remarkable and exciting clips recorded ROV SuBastian during the #VisioningCoralSea exploration into areas never-before-seen by humans! 

Log Post: From Deep to Shallow

Back on dry land, amongst my usual crowd of shallow coral reef ecologists, I would consider my normal line of research to be on the deeper end of the spectrum. During the course of my PhD I have been studying the fish and coral communities found on the top of shallow seamounts and smaller pinnacles … Continued

Publication: McCowin, M., Feehery, C., and G. Rouse. (2020). Spanning the depths or depth-restricted: Three new species of Bathymodiolus (Bivalvia, Mytilidae) and a new record for the hydrothermal vent Bathymodiolus thermophilus at methane seeps along the Costa Rica margin. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2020.103322. 

McCowin, M., Feehery, C., and G. Rouse. (2020). Spanning the depths or depth-restricted: Three new species of Bathymodiolus (Bivalvia, Mytilidae) and a new record for the hydrothermal vent Bathymodiolus thermophilus at methane seeps along the Costa Rica margin. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2020.103322.

Log Post: Voyage of Discovery – Video Update

The #VisioningCoralSea expedition is wrapping up its time at sea, with amazing accomplishments and discoveries having been made. In this wrap-up video, the researchers describe the achievements, while explaining the tools and next steps in these important studies. 

Log Post: Xenophyophores

The deep sea is undoubtedly home to the weird and wonderful, but one of the strangest organisms of all is actually a single cell. During my first deep-sea expedition over ten years ago, we noticed lumpy masses scattered all over an otherwise barren seafloor. At first we thought these were sponges, but I later learned … Continued

Log Post: Learning Lessons of Long-Term History – Video Update

 The Great Barrier Marine Park – it is unique. It is the only seascape like this on the planet. “Our duty here is to come in as scientists and understand the long-term history of the Great Barrier Reef over geological time: why it is here, how it got here. That gives us really important insights … Continued

Log Post: Delayed Gratification

In March I was busy preparing to join R/V Falkor in Exmouth for Leg 2 of the Illuminating Biodiversity of the Ningaloo Canyons voyage. A week before I was due to sail, the Covid-19 pandemic started causing havoc in Australia, and the Schmidt Ocean Institute had to proceed with caution to ensure that the Falkor … Continued

Log Post: Science Stories – Video Update

“I love ROVs because there is so much we haven’t discovered about the ocean… It is really hard to put an ROV in a new place and not discover something new because we have had so few human eyes on the ocean floor.” A new #ScienceStories video update featuring Antonella Wilby, currently based at the … Continued