November 21, 2018

Watching worms do wormy things

As someone who has been studying worms for over 10 years now, I am not used to jesting comments from other scientists like: “Oh you, and your charismatic megafauna.”


Pescadero Vent Diving — 4k Highlight Video

Exploring the Pescadero Basin has been truly breathtaking. Choosing the highlights of our deep dives (3700 meters down, on average) was difficult, but here they are!


November 19, 2018

Auka From Jenny! Some Mysteries Solved

It is an thrill to be back working in Pescadero Basin! I was part of the MBARI team in 2015 that discovered the hydrothermal vent field in the southern-most and deepest of a series of basins in the Gulf of California.


November 17, 2018

Pescadero Vent Diving — Week Two Video

There have been amazing results and very exciting discoveries in the first two weeks of the expedition. Hear firsthand from the scientists and engineers how technology is empowering innovation and exploration in these unique hydrothermal vent fields.


November 16, 2018

From the NeverEnding Story to the NeverEnding Quest in Modern Ocean Exploration

Well, many things in this ship are named after the characters of The NeverEnding Story. From the vessel Falkor itself, the remotely operated vehicle SuBastian, to the jet-drive boat Auryn, these leading characters are now involved in a NeverEnding Quest in Modern Ocean Exploration.


Century-old blast still a mystery

In 1908, a colossal blast incinerated a swath of wilderness deep in Siberia, at about the same latitude as Anchorage. The explosion that July day registered on seismic recorders all over the world. Within minutes, 80 million trees lay flat and scorched in a circle 60 miles wide. Scientists calculated the shock was more than 1,000 times stronger than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.


November 15, 2018

Turtle Trapping at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

While most students were enjoying an extended weekend in the middle of October, a dedicated crew of Bosque School and University of New Mexico (UNM) scholars spent four days trapping and taking genetic samples of freshwater turtles


November 14, 2018

Looking Through Three Eyes

It seems like for a better part of my career, I have spent a fair bit of time staring straight down. It might surprise you that has been intentional, and that even more surprisingly, I expect that this perspective can open a new frontier.


November 12, 2018

Better Data, Bigger Challenges

The current expedition onboard Falkor has two simultaneous objectives: to develop new ways to map and image the seafloor, and to make those maps available as quickly as possible so researchers can use the maps to support the science studies being conducted at sea.


Pescadero Vent Diving — Week One Video

The Pescadero Vent diving is steaming along! Find out about the unique deep sea environments where our robots are headed, as well as the team’s overall goals for the expedition. And – of course – learn more about the cutting-edge technology we will be using to explore.