Person: Jon Kork

Dr Jon Kok is a research engineer with the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) based in Townsville, Queensland Australia. Jon received his BE (Hons) and PhD at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Before joining AIMS, he was with QUT as a researcher focused on hyperspectral remote sensing in agricultural applications. Now Jon is … Continued

Page: ROV Dives – Illuminating Biodiversity of the Ningaloo Canyons

Dr. Nerida Wilson, of the Western Australian Museum, and her team will bring ROV SuBastian to Cape Range and Cloates Canyons in order to identify and characterize the benthic biodiversity. Very few deep sea areas both in and outside of Australia have been well-sampled over large spatial and temporal scales, and a large number of … Continued

Log Post: Illuminating Biodiversity of the Ningaloo Canyons – Week 1 Video

“Our approach of combining macro-surveys with environmental DNA information to pick up signals of animals we that haven’t seen on our surveys – that means we can improve our ecological insights. Having the specimens means we can identify them properly and describe them if they are new to science.” Through ROV dives using high-definition cameras … Continued

Log Post: The Journey Before the Expedition

When my supervisor Dr Zoe Richards called me into her office and asked if I had heard of the R/V Falkor my eyes lit up. “Yes, of course, I’ve heard of R/V Falkor.” This brief conversation is what sparked the beginning of an opportunity that I could only imagine to come true in the later … Continued

Person: Steve Whalan

Steve is a marine scientist with two decades of experience across industry, government and academia, both in Australia and overseas. He earned his PhD from James Cook University, Australia. His expertise aligns to the population ecology of benthic marine communities, with a motivation to translate this information to diverse stakeholders involved with the conservation and … Continued

Log Post: What a Difference a Good ROV Makes

For three months between 2008 and 2009, Geoscience Australia undertook a survey to the Western Australian margin in the same area we are now investigating from R/V Falkor. The previous survey was focussed on mapping the seafloor and understanding its geology – lots of maps, rocks, and mud. I was the sole ecologist on my … Continued

Log Post: An Ocean of Opportunity

Greetings from Australia! My name is Georgia Nester and I am one of the Student Opportunity Participants on the R/V Falkor for the March 2020 research cruise: Illuminating the biodiversity of the Ningaloo Canyons. This project will form part of my PhD ‘Monitoring blue biodiversity: examining diversity patterns in oceanic environments using environmental DNA’. The … Continued

Log Post: Deep in the Blue of Ningaloo

Off the coast of Western Australia, deep in the biologically unexplored submarine canyons adjacent to the Ningaloo Reef (a world heritage site), valuable new information and exciting discoveries await the team on board R/V Falkor. Using ROV SuBastian, eDNA (environmental DNA) analysis, and numerous other surveying and sampling techniques, this expedition has the potential to … Continued

Person: Nerida Wilson

Dr Nerida Wilson is a marine molecular biologist, who received her B.Sc from University of Melbourne, and B.Sc. (Hons.) and PhD at University of Queensland (2004). After two postdocs in the USA (Auburn University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography) she returned to Australia to work at the Australian Museum, and now the Western Australian Museum. Nerida … Continued