Log Post: Into the unknown

My name is David Henderson and I am part of a team of engineers from the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, at the University of Sydney. Our job is to operate and maintain our Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) on board Falkor. This is Sirius, the largest AUV we operate. She is a twin hull, 260kg … Continued

Log Post: Rapid Transformation – Video Update

“The Schmidt Ocean Institue’s surveys out here in the Coral Sea are rapidly transforming the Coral Sea Marine Park from being one of the least known and poorly characterized areas of Australia’s marine estate to one of the best mapped and best understood areas. This #VisioningCoralSea expedition video update takes us behind the scenes and … Continued

Log Post: Science Stories – Video Update

The Deep is known as “The Museum of Biodiversity,” as creatures that developed millions of years ago – far before what we see now in the shallows – still exist, they are just out of sight in these rarely changing habitats. A new #ScienceStories video featuring Jeremy Horowitz from JCU: James Cook University, Australia, created during the #VisioningCoralSea expedition. 

Log Post: From Modelling to Diving with SuBastian

For a first-timer going on a marine survey, this voyage on RV Falkor in the Coral Sea Marine Park is a dream come true. Importantly, as a marine environmental modeller, this voyage is giving me first-hand experience of data acquisition and a much better understanding of the strengths and limitations of data that is acquired … Continued

Log Post: Black Corals and Leaps Forward

Three years ago, I started my PhD aimed at overcoming knowledge gaps pertaining to the taxonomy and the evolutionary history of black corals. Black corals consist of a proteinaceous black skeleton (hence their name) making them different than hard corals that are made of calcium carbonate. With the taxonomy and evolutionary history of this coral … Continued

Log Post: Lebensspuren – More Than Just a Fancy Word for Deep-Sea Poo

While the ROV SuBastian glides above the seafloor, scientists and observers eagerly wait for the next fish, coral, or (particularly in the case of this survey) interesting rock to appear. In between there are often large expanses of seemingly barren sediment. Looking closely, however, we can often see a variety of markings in the sediment. … Continued

Log Post: Data and Tools – Video Update

“By being able to acquire data that spans these full depth ranges – not just in terms of images but also samples – we can start to build a picture of these ecosystems operating and the processes that are sustaining the biological communities” The newest #VisioningCoralSea expedition video spotlights the tools researchers are using to … Continued