Cruise: Reconstructing Ritter

The 1888 Ritter Island (Papua New Guinea) landslide was the largest historical volcanic-island landslide ever recorded and generated a devastating regional tsunami. Dr. Sebastian Watt (University of Birmingham) and his international team of researchers are joining R/V Falkor to reconstruct in detail the dynamics of the Ritter landslide event while also documenting the re-establishment of … Continued

Log Post: Sampling, preserving, documenting, and always learning…

The opportunity to be part of the biological sampling team has opened my eyes to the differing documentation methods used for differing deep-sea taxa. From the various ways to handle the specimens once brought back to the deck by the ROV or fish traps, to the differing approaches, we use to preserve samples and the … Continued

Person: Aaron Micallef

Aaron is a marine geologist investigating the geomorphology of continental margins. He uses quantitative techniques to analyze geophysical and sedimentological data to solve problems related to submarine mass movements, erosion and marine hydrogeology problems. Aaron is a senior scientist at GEOMAR and associate professor at Department of Geosciences, University of Malta. Aaron holds a MSc … Continued

Person: Nicolas Waldmann

Dr Nicolas Waldmann is a sedimentologist with a wide background in the marine and lacustrine geosciences discipline. Dr Waldmann received his MSc from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his PhD from the University of Geneva. After a postdoc at the University of Bergen in marine geology, he returned to Israel for a tenure position … Continued

Person: Sebastian Watt

Seb is a volcanologist and senior lecturer in Earth Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK, with broad research interests in physical volcanic processes. He has investigated volcanic edifice stability, landslide processes and associated hazards in several locations. This includes marine geophysical and coring projects offshore Montserrat, and an ongoing project investigating the lateral collapse … Continued

Log Post: Sampling and Observing the Deep Sea

So, we are at the halfway point of the trip already! As mentioned in my previous blog, we are off the coast of Exmouth (Western Australia) on a voyage aiming to document the biodiversity of the Ningaloo Canyons (Cape Range and Cloates). These submarine canyons are unexplored ecosystems, therefore this expedition has the potential to … Continued

Log Post: The Never-ending Question: What is it?

“What is it?” This is a fundamental question that appears obviously simple to ask, but quite often is painstakingly difficult to answer. How do we know what something is? Generally, this is done by comparing it with other, similar animals that have been identified. It can be hard to appreciate how many other similar animals … Continued