Person: Sarah Bingo

Sarah Bingo is a research associate at the University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science. She works with the Joint Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Research extracting animal data from ROV video surveys of deep-water communities on seamounts and ridges. Her recent work involved extracting animal abundance data from ROV footage collected by … Continued

Cruise: Seeking Space Rocks

On March 7, 2018 at 8:05 PM local time, a meteorite broke up over the coast of Washington state, raining extraterrestrial rocks down into the ocean. This meteorite fall was detected by weather radars from the nationwide NEXRAD radar network, which recorded images of the falling rocks and data showing that they were composed of an unusually tough meteorite of unknown composition. … Continued

Log Post: The Thrill of Discovery

I applied for the Student Opportunities program through the Schmidt Ocean Institute as a way to learn about living and working on a research vessel, as well as the different kinds of sciences that are conducted out at sea. Before coming on this expedition, I had just finished the winter quarter of my first year … Continued

Log Post: Microbial Mysteries Wrap Up Video Update

While exploring hydrothermal vent and cold seep environments, Dr. Mandy Joye and her interdisciplinary research team were witness to amazing geological, chemical and biological discoveries. From large venting mineral towers with volcanic flanges holding pools of superheated (366ºC) hydrothermal fluids, to areas teeming with biodiversity and potentially novel fauna, this expedition has been full of … Continued

News: Otherworldly Mirror Pools, New Lifeforms, and Mesmerizing Landscapes Discovered on Ocean Floor

Scientists aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor recently discovered and explored a hydrothermal field at 2,000 meters depth in the Gulf of California where towering mineral structures serve as biological hotspots for life. These newly discovered geological formations feature upside down ‘mirror-like flanges’ that act as pooling sites for discharged fluids. GULF OF CALIFORNIA, … Continued

Log Post: Artifact of the Sea

Preparing. As the days passed by and I started to settle into the transit cruise, there was a looming stressor: deploying the sculpture in order to obtain video documentation of the work submerged at sea. The sculpture, a gopro camera, and a small weight (keeping all elements in alignment) is a relatively simple rig to … Continued

Log Post: Deep Ocean Viruses – Video Update

Microorganisms in the dark ocean are critical to keeping the ocean healthy. “It is these viruses that we know next to nothing about and that I am here to study. I think hydrothermal vents host some of the most diverse ecosystems [on Earth].” Karthik Anantharaman guides us into a beautiful (and mostly unknown) world: take … Continued

Log Post: The End and the Beginning

As we embarked on this expedition, I included the tagline ‘mesmerizing landscapes and microbial wonderlands’ in the introductory blog post. I knew we were going to see things that made us gasp – vistas that left our jaws agape – but little did I realize how truly prophetic those words would be. I could never … Continued

Log Post: Drawing Connections

Like a pendulum swinging from side to side, Falkor cut through raging waters of the Pacific. Frigid waves slapped against the transparent portals of the mess hall, temporarily giving views split between the open sky and submerged vignettes of frothy indigo. The vessel steadily pushed forward, its hull consistently plunging into the imposing swells of … Continued