News: Boston Globe profiles SOI

The Boston Globe has a new feature out about Schmidt Ocean Institute’s mission and founding. Though reading the full article requires a subscription, you can see the photo gallery here. The article leads off with a look at the Axial Seamount expedition led by Julie Huber at the Marine Biological Laboratotry and the impressive work … Continued

News: 2014 Expeditions

Student Cruises (Feb. 16 to Feb. 22, April 18 to April 24, & June 13 to June 19) During the inaugural Schmidt Ocean Institute Symposium in November of 2013, Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) Vice President and Co-Founder Wendy Schmidt launched an initiative to inspire a deep passion for ocean sciences among students by bringing them … Continued

News: Mapping the Demise of the Dinosaurs

About 65 million years ago, an asteroid or comet crashed into a shallow sea near what is now the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. The resulting firestorm and global dust cloud caused the extinction of many land plants and large animals, including most of the dinosaurs. Today at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in San … Continued

News: Invisible Plastics in the Gyre

In recent years there has been growing attention paid to the accumulation of plastic waste in the ocean, but the focus has been on relatively large chunks of plastic. But very little research has yet focused on the concentrations of miniscule, eroded bits of plastic that are invisible to human eyes yet could pose significant … Continued

News: Hawaii Research Symposium

On November 1-2, 2013, at the Royal Hawaiian Resort in Honolulu, Schmidt Ocean Institute will hold its first research symposium. The theme will be: “Accelerating the Pace of Ocean Science Through Technological Advancement and Open Sharing of Information.” The symposium will bring together our collaborators, advisers, and thought leaders from the United States and abroad … Continued

News: Falkor’s First Visit to San Francisco

On July 28th, after making her first passage through the Panama Canal, Schmidt Ocean Institute’s 272-foot research vessel Falkor made its way beneath the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco for the first time. Schmidt Ocean Institute has no formal headquarters, with most efforts focused on Falkor. And with a mission that will keep … Continued

News: Serendipitous Side Trip

The Falkor team completed the first-ever high-resolution map of deep reefs near the island of Roatan in Honduras. This new resource can be used for many purposes, including to aid future research in the area on the corals and other animals found there, as well as also enabling increased conservation of the reefs. When Dr. … Continued

News: Coral Resilience to Climate Change

Outcomes of the research project supported by Schmidt Ocean Institute and conducted by Dr. Daniel Barshis are discussed in this week’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The project focused on coral reefs of American Samoa to determine what environmental characteristics aid corals in dealing with thermal stress. A set of field expeditions … Continued