Log Post: Mechanisms for Characterizing Deep-Sea Coral Biodiversity

The ocean houses vast amounts of biodiversity from the surface waters down to the deepest depths (>10,000 m). The shallow waters of the equatorial central and western Pacific are among the most diverse coral hotspots in the world. On this expedition, one of our objectives is to identify and characterize biodiversity between shallower deep ocean … Continued

Publication: McNeil, M., Nothdurft, Lk, Webster, J., Brooke, B., and Beaman, R. (2021). Preliminary Exploration of the Southern Great Barrier Reef Ice Age Submerged and Drowned Coral Reefs, Oral Presentation, Submerged Paleolandscapes of the Southern Hemispheries SHINE 2021 Workshop, virtual.

McNeil, M., Nothdurft, Lk, Webster, J., Brooke, B., and Beaman, R. (2021). Preliminary Exploration of the Southern Great Barrier Reef Ice Age Submerged and Drowned Coral Reefs, Oral Presentation, Submerged Paleolandscapes of the Southern Hemispheries SHINE 2021 Workshop, virtual.

Log Post: Finding Answers in the High Seas – Video Update

“We’re here really to explore the Deep Sea. We’re here to understand some fundamental questions we have about how life exists and how biodiversity is formed and maintained in the deep ocean.” The #PhoenixIslandsCoral first video update gives insight to the challenges the research team has to overcome, as well as major goals and exploration … Continued

Publication: Marlow, J., Hoer, D., Jungbluth, S., Reynard, L, Gartman, A., Chavez, M., et. al. (2021). Carbonate-hosted microbial commuities are prolific and pervasive methane oxidizeres at geologically diverse marine methane seep sites. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(25), doi: 10.1073/pnas.2006857118. [This article has been published as OPEN ACCESS].  

Marlow, J., Hoer, D., Jungbluth, S., Reynard, L, Gartman, A., Chavez, M., et. al. (2021). Carbonate-hosted microbial commuities are prolific and pervasive methane oxidizeres at geologically diverse marine methane seep sites. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(25), doi: 10.1073/pnas.2006857118. [This article has been published as OPEN ACCESS].

Publication: Anderson, M., Norris-Julseth, C., Rubin, K., Haase, K., Hannington, M., Baxter, A., and Stewart, M. (2021). Geologic and Structural Evolution of the NE Lau Basin, Tonga: Morphotectonic Analysis and Classification of Structures Using Shallow Seismicity. Frontiers in Earth Science, 9:665185, doi: 10.3389/feart.2021.665185.[This article was published as OPEN ACCESS with support from SOI]. 

Anderson, M., Norris-Julseth, C., Rubin, K., Haase, K., Hannington, M., Baxter, A., and Stewart, M. (2021). Geologic and Structural Evolution of the NE Lau Basin, Tonga: Morphotectonic Analysis and Classification of Structures Using Shallow Seismicity. Frontiers in Earth Science, 9:665185, doi: 10.3389/feart.2021.665185.[This article was published as OPEN ACCESS with support from SOI]. 

Log Post: Collages of Corals

My name is Constance Sartor, and I am an artist and scientist who makes collages out of magazines. Despite the current digital age, there are still over 7,357 different print magazines produced annually in the United States alone. This results in billions of copies of magazines discarded into our landfills, some of which are recycled. … Continued

Cruise: Designing the Future 2

Dr. Phillips and his team are looking to create a paradigm shift in how researchers perform midwater exploration. The ‘twilight’, or mesopelagic zone, is receiving renewed interest from the oceanographic community. There are numerous undescribed species dwelling in the pelagic zone beneath the limits of technical SCUBA diving, and improved survey methods have highlighted the biomass that exists in the twilight zone and beyond.

Page: Discovering Deep-Sea Corals of the Phoenix Islands 2

In 2017, Falkor voyaged to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) with an interdisciplinary team of scientists. The goal was to explore and document never before seen deep-sea ecosystems of PIPA. PIPA is the largest and deepest of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and the first internationally recognized Marine Protected Area (MPA) to be established by a least developed nation– The … Continued