As ROV SuBastian explored the seamounts in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Necker Ridge, and seamounts of the Mid-Pacific Mountains, the research team observed many stunning examples of the biological diversity in these areas.
How are the samples collected being used in research? In this video, learn how scientists are exploring geological features and their impact on biological diversity, while using DNA analysis to further understand varieties of life in different habitats.
ROV SuBastian, the Research Vessel Falkor’s Remotely Operated Vehicle, is designed for the efficient collection of scientific data at depths up to 4500m. The yellow robot is currently being used to understand the similarities and differences across large features of the deep sea. Recently, researchers have asked, are the communities on either end more similar … Continued
During part of this expedition, we will be within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. It is the largest contiguous fully protected conservation area under the U.S. flag, and one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. It encompasses 582,578 square miles of the Pacific Ocean (1,508,870 square kilometers) – an area larger than … Continued
We know very little about Seamounts: underwater mountains! “They are hard to study and they are remote. Bringing the appropriate technology – whether that be submersibles or ROVs – is not something that has been done a lot.” In the latest #BridgeOrBarrier video update, we get a lesson on why these locations are important (as … Continued
Howdy! My name is Bailey Skinner and I a am junior environmental geoscience major at Texas A&M University. When I am done with school, I would like to go into ocean conservation work, so when Dr. Roark presented this opportunity to aid him in this research on deep-sea corals, I knew it was something I … Continued
Neil McNaught is one of Falkor’s 3rd Engineers
Rising up and gaining height above the seafloor is the name of the game for sessile deep-sea animals. You can see this growth strategy below, in the glass sponge of the family Rossellidae. It has a narrow, 30cm long stalk and a bulbous top. Getting higher into the water column – even if only a … Continued
Tabachnick, K., Fromont, J., Ehrlich, H., and L. Menshenina. (2019). Hexactinellida from the Perth Canyon, Eastern Indian Ocean, with description of five new species. Zootaxa 4661(1): 047-082, doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4664.1.2.