Log Post: Secrets at the Surface

Picture Mount Everest, and, on top of that, add One World Trade Center four times over (~36,000 ft total), now imagine a credit card (~1 mm) sitting on top. The former gives some sense of scale for the deepest point on planet Earth, the Marianas Trench; the latter is the thickness of the sea surface … Continued

Person: Aaron Farber

Aaron Farber grew up outside of Albany, NY. He attended Columbia University as an undergraduate and earned a Bachelors degree in Astrophysics in 2005. During that time, he became interested in remote sensing systems and the enabling technology and learned the value of bridging the gap between the science and the engineering required to capture … Continued

Person: Carson Witte

Carson Witte is a graduate student at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory studying under Dr. Christopher Zappa. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Pomona College, where he designed a joint Physics-Engineering major in collaboration with Harvey Mudd College. Upon graduation in 2016 he joined Dr. Zappa’s lab as a field technician, and … Continued

Log Post: An End to an Amazing Journey 

14 November 2019 marks the bittersweet conclusion to my journey on board the Research Vessel Falkor. As we continue to approach the final destination of our 2,745 nautical mile transit, I am both grateful and overjoyed to have been able to gain the full experience of living life at sea, and I am sad to … Continued

Log Post: Bathymetry Mapping and the Moment of Reveal

A major science component of our cruise is to utilize the time in transit from Hawaii to Fiji by mapping the seafloor depth, called bathymetry. Since leaving Honolulu Port, the monitors around the ship sync up and display incoming real-time data of Falkor’s high-resolution sea-floor mapping systems. It is a method called Swath Bathymetry, in … Continued

Log Post: Sounding the Depths: Seafloor Mapping across the South Pacific

The ocean floor – though it covers the majority of our planet – is still more mysterious to us than our closest astronomical neighbors. While satellites orbiting Earth can give us high-resolution images of every point on land, and space probes and telescopes give us detailed photos of the surfaces of other planets, our knowledge … Continued

Person: Joseph Montoya

Joseph Montoya is a biological oceanographer with research interests at the interface of biology and geochemistry.  His lab specializes in studies of the marine nitrogen cycle and the role of N2-fixation (diazotrophy) in structuring the flow of nitrogen and energy through planktonic ecosystems.  Much of his lab’s work has focused on N cycle processes in … Continued

Person: Ivona Cetinić

Ivona Cetinić is a phytoplankton ecologist, who uses optical tools to shed light on the role that phytoplankton diversity plays in oceanic biogeochemical cycles. She likes submesoscale processes, ocean observing technology (in-situ and remote), pretty silicoflagellates and good olive oil. She got her PhD at University of Southern California, and after a postdoc and research … Continued

Person: Thomas Lewis

Thomas Lewis was raised in Prescott, Arizona where he grew up fishing, riding quads in the forest, gazing at the stars, and taking apart computers. While pursuing his aerospace engineering degree at the University of Arizona, he worked an IT job on campus to satisfy both of his passions, computers and building things. After college … Continued


MENLO PARK, Calif.— Eric and Wendy Schmidt announced today a $1 billion philanthropic commitment to identify and support talent across disciplines and around the world to serve others and help address the world’s most pressing problems. Building on the last 13 years of their family’s philanthropy, led by Wendy Schmidt, the couple has steadily increased … Continued