Log Post: Bremer Canyon Video – Deep-Sea Coral and Canyon Adventure

“Until you go down and explore, you just don’t know…. it is a straightforward wonderland of what mother nature can do.” Check out the research team’s discoveries and reasonings, while tracing the Bremer Canyon from colorful sponge gardens at “shallow” depths around 200 meters to the wonders of amazing life flourishing at more than 3,000 … Continued

News: Schmidt Ocean Institute Appoints Dr. Jyotika Virmani as Executive Director

The Schmidt Ocean Institute announced today it has appointed Dr. Jyotika Virmani as its first Executive Director, to lead the global nonprofit in its work to advance the field of oceanographic science through innovative research and technology. The announcement was made at the Ocean Sciences Meeting, the flagship conference for the ocean sciences and larger … Continued

Log Post: Locating Ledges Loaded with Life

On board the Falkor, we are extremely fortunate to have a multidisciplinary team of scientists contributing their expertise to improve our understanding of the Bremer, Leeuwin, and Perth deep-sea canyons. One essential component of this voyage is creating detailed maps of the bathymetry – or shape – of the seafloor. To map the seafloor, we … Continued

Publication: Mustaffa, N., Ribas-Ribas, M., Banko-Kubis, H., and O. Wurl. (2020). Global reduction of in situ CO2 Transfer Velocity by Natural Surfactants in the Sea-surface Microlayer. Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Vol. 476, Issue 2234, doi: 10.1098/rspa.2019.0763. [This article has been published OPEN ACCESS].

Mustaffa, N., Ribas-Ribas, M., Banko-Kubis, H., and O. Wurl. (2020). Global reduction of in situ CO2 Transfer Velocity by Natural Surfactants in the Sea-surface Microlayer. Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Vol. 476, Issue 2234, doi: 10.1098/rspa.2019.0763. [This article has been published OPEN ACCESS].

Log Post: Darling it’s better, Down in a Wet(ter) Lab at Sea

Trying to understand a constantly moving ocean system is a huge challenge. Accurately measuring the chemistry of the ocean is important for understanding many processes, including nutrient and carbon cycling; ocean circulation and movement of water masses; as well as ocean acidification and climate change. On this expedition, the water chemistry team has the important … Continued

Log Post: Recording Discovery

It has been nearly two weeks since the research vessel Falkor – with her crew, including Captain, stewards, cooks, deckhands, bosun, purser, and deck officers – steamed out of the Albany Princess Royal Harbour in Western Australia with a team of scientists, engineers, marine technologists, and (amazingly!) an artist on this adventure of discovery. Every … Continued

Log Post: An Unusual Home in the Deep

As we explore Bremer Canyon, many of the animals we encounter are being observed alive for the very first time. This includes several hermit crab species seen scuttling across the sea floor. Hermit crabs are one of the most familiar groups of crustaceans, known for their curious habit of inhabiting empty snail shells. However, the … Continued

Log Post: Deep-Sea Coral and Canyon Adventure – Week 1 Video

“The deep ocean is kind of like the engine that runs the Earth’s climate – slowly moving but actually ultimately controls the destiny of our planet.” Take a look into the first week of the #DeepCoralAdventure: find out why the research team is here in Bremer Canyon and what we hope to discover on this … Continued