Log Post: Bridge or Barrier – Introduction Video

Where is Research Vessel Falkor? Why is this area interesting? What does the current science team hope to discover? How will the results of this research be used? In this video introduction to the “Necker Ridge: Bridge or Barrier?” expedition, we answer many of the underlying questions concerning the #BridgeOrBarrier research.

Log Post: Transecting time

For the crew, one of the many perks of working onboard Falkor (apart from the satisfaction of aiding the advancement of science) is that each expedition is unique. Every new cruise brings with it new people to meet, new science to learn, and new logistical challenges to overcome. This is something the team is completely … Continued

Publication: Chadwick, Jr., W., Rubin, K., Merle, S., Bobbitt, A., Kwasnitschka, T., and R. Embley. (2019). Recent Eruptions Between 2012 and 2018 Discovered at West Mata Submarine Volcano (NE Lau Basin, SW Pacific) and Characterized by New Ship, AUV, and ROV Data. Front. in Mar. Sci. 6:495, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00495. 

Chadwick, Jr., W., Rubin, K., Merle, S., Bobbitt, A., Kwasnitschka, T., and R. Embley. (2019). Recent Eruptions Between 2012 and 2018 Discovered at West Mata Submarine Volcano (NE Lau Basin, SW Pacific) and Characterized by New Ship, AUV, and ROV Data. Front. in Mar. Sci. 6:495, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00495.

Log Post: Island Formation in the Hawaiian Archipelago – Video

In deep-sea research, it is important to recognize both where the exploration is taking place while understanding how this uncharted location came to be. Understanding the past processes that have created areas of interest help us piece together and reason current situations. In this quick video animation, we delve into how the Hawaiian archipelago formed.

Log Post: Biogeography 101

If you have been following along with many of the live streaming ROV footage, including the last Falkor cruise, you may have noticed this fancy word “biogeography” thrown around. In a literal sense it means “What lives Where?”, but in the broader scientific usage there are more specific questions like: “Do these habitats have the … Continued

Log Post: Insights from Isotopes

Boron isotope analysis is one of the studies that the experts onboard Research Vessel Falkor will be conducting during this expedition. In addition to calcium carbonate, corals such as cup corals and bamboo corals incorporate the element boron as borate ions into their skeletons. Boron has two isotopes, and analysis of the ratio of these … Continued

Person: Robert Wood

Robert Wood is the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, a founding core faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and a National Geographic Explorer. Wood’s work focuses on the mechanical side of artificial intelligence, creating novel microrobots and soft and wearable … Continued

Page: ROV Dives – Necker Ridge: Bridge or Barrier?

Led by Dr. Amy Baco-Taylor from Florida State University, the science team will aim to gain insight into central and western Pacific (CWP) seamount lifeforms and distribution, while examining the role of Necker Ridge as a stepping-stone (or blockade) to other parts of the Pacific. They will gather imagery and samples of the seafloor biology … Continued

Log Post: Wallace and SuBastian

In 1859, the famous British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace drew a line between the Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok as the proposed dividing line between Asian and Australian fauna. On the East side of the line were animals particular to Asia and Australia, and West of the line were only Asian fauna. The deep … Continued

Person: Shona Kitchen

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art (London) with an MFA 1997, internationally recognized artist, designer and educator Shona Kitchen has divided her time between creative practice and teaching. Her work spans public art, conceptual narrative proposals, book works, exhibitions and interactive sculpture/installation. Her practice is frequently collaborative, research based and site-specific. Using digital, … Continued