Log Post: Ship and Spirit

The journey of science and art stands on the shoulders of the works of others who have gone before and is a never-ending story of the wonders of humanity and the world. After our 5th day of quarantine at the Hyatt in La Paz, Mexico, Dylan picks us up with all our luggage and art … Continued

Log Post: The Opening of the Gulf of California

Tectonic plates are in constant motion, slowly moving along the Earth’s mantle as hot magma circulates below. These slow-moving plates are responsible for the formation of the continents we know today as well as ocean basins. While most ocean basins take around 30 to 80 million years to form, the Gulf of California (GOC) formed … Continued

Log Post: Historia geológica de las cuencas del Golfo de California

English translation below. Existen tres límites principales de placas tectónicas: Divergente, es el lugar en donde dos placas se separan, lo que origina que el material del manto ascienda y se forme un nuevo fondo oceánico de la litósfera oceánica. Convergente, donde la corteza se destruye cuando una placa se sumerge debajo de otra. Transformante, … Continued

Log Post: Life Found a Way

One of the most well-known pop-cultural science references comes from the classic 1993 film “Jurassic Park.” Throughout the film a renegade mathematician specializing in chaos theory named Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum) says, “Life finds a way.” The statement is true in reality, as well as in fictional worlds where dinosaurs walk among us. … Continued


International team of scientists work together in Mexican waters to understand connections between hydrothermal vents and their associated systems. Video and photos available here  November 17, 2021 08:00 (GMT+10) CONTACT: Carlie Wiener (808.628.8666 | cwiener@schmidtocean.org) LA PAZ, MEXICO – A multidisciplinary team of scientists from Mexico and the U.S. discovered new hydrothermal vents and six … Continued

Person: Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse

Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse have been making art collaboratively for over 22 years.  They make two-dimensional and three-dimensional place-appropriate art that focuses on water and water related issues.  Museums, private collectors, commercial developers, and state and local governments collect and commission their work.  During their years of collaboration, Stackhouse and Mickett have been featured … Continued

Log Post: La Sala

English translation below. Estoy escribiendo desde la sala, con mis pies ya en tierra firme, pero el cerebro sigue allá recreando el movimiento del R/V Falkor. Es un ligero vaivén que anuncia una nostalgia por el cosmos interior. No contaré los días que estuve a bordo, ya que pueden sonar muchos, pocos o un suspiro, … Continued

Log Post: DeepSEE: A Virtual Window Under the Waves

In a few clicks, without even leaving our offices, we could be 3,660 meters underwater – looking at the animals and microbes living at hydrothermal vents in the Gulf of California in a way no single ROV dive could accomplish. On this research expedition, the type of tools that enabled us to explore the surface … Continued

Log Post: Science Story – Microorganism Champions – Video Update

Microorganisms are the champions of changing the chemistry of ecosystems, and oftentimes they form exciting partnerships with one another to create new, unique types of chemistry that neither can do alone. Victoria Orphan is featured in the newest #PescaderoVentDiving2 expedition “Science Story,” explaining her background and passion in exploring seeps and hydrothermal vents. 

Log Post: Deep Sea Alliances

Relationships between Marine Invertebrates and Bacteria Forty years ago, scientists discovered invertebrates at the bottom of the ocean that forever changed how we view life on this planet. Invertebrates are animals without an internal skeleton and make up most of the animal biomass on our planet. To our surprise, abundant tubeworms, clams, sponges, and others, … Continued