Characterizing Venting and Seepage Along the California Coast

Hydrothermal vent and hydrocarbon seeps have been an important subject of oceanographic research over the last 35 years. Nevertheless, there are still many long-standing questions about these dynamic ecosystems, including their distribution and abundance in our ocean. Notably, the habitats are so unique that they mimic what environments might be like on other planets; this … Continued

Hunting Bubbles: Understanding Plumes of Seafloor Methane

While methane may not be the best known greenhouse gas, it nevertheless greatly impacts the climate system of our planet. Seafloor methane emissions have been documented for several decades, with newer evidence suggesting that methane bubble plumes from the deep sea are far more numerous than previously assumed. However, the physical, chemical and biological processes … Continued

Adaptive Robotics at Barkley Canyon and Hydrate Ridge

Conducting research with multiple underwater vehicles takes a huge amount of deliberation and coordination that is based on data gathered well before the work even takes place. But what happens if the environment you work on is constantly changing? Then the information you are basing your research on isn’t up to date. Additionally, there is … Continued

Sea to Space Particle Investigation

The Mariana region is home to the Mariana subduction system. This November, scientists shed light on the Mariana back-arc spreading center looking for new sites of hydrothermal activity.

Searching for Life in the Mariana Back-Arc

The Mariana region is home to the Mariana subduction system. This November, scientists shed light on the Mariana back-arc spreading center looking for new sites of hydrothermal activity.

Exploring the Mariana Trench

The very deepest reaches of the sea are one of the planet’s last true frontiers. In November, RV Falkor sailed to the Mariana Trench with a group of biologists and geologists to conduct a new study of one of the deepest places in the world.

Expanding Mariana Trench Perspectives

December, Falkor returned to the Mariana Trench focusing on collecting trench bacteria, animal samples, and the first-ever recordings of sounds from such depths.

Net Gains at Station ALOHA

Since 1988, oceanographers have been studying a patch of deep blue 60 miles north of Oahu known as Station ALOHA. But despite extensive work there, much remains unknown about the diversity of the area’s zooplankton.

Deeper Views

The focus was on inspiring student participants to move toward careers in ocean science, and for those already headed that direction, to provide much needed training for future expeditions.