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January 24, 2019

Exploring the Costa Rican Depths with Costa Rican Eyes

Hello! I want to share part of my experience aboard the Falkor. It is not only my first time on this ship, but also my first time aboard a research vessel at all.


January 22, 2019

Costa Rican Deep Sea Connections: Week 2 Video

Check out this week’s #CostaRicanDeep video update to see some of the spectacular sights, as well as learn about the new tech and tools researchers are using to make these amazing discoveries.


Costa Rican Deep Sea Connections: No Bone is Safe

Some of the creatures the experts have been observing seem otherworldly, even eerie. It is not unlikely that the brilliant H.R. Giger got his inspiration for the extraterrestrial monster in 1979’s Alien from the planktonic crustacean Phronima.


December 25, 2018

New Approaches to Autonomous Exploration at the Costa Rican Shelf Break: Wrap Up Video

“We are building technologies that allow us to do more with less. And if you think about the history of oceanography would have been unthinkable even 30 years ago. By pushing forward on the technology we are able to greatly expand our ability to observe our world.”


December 22, 2018

The Crawl Before the Walk

The series of processes that take place in the development of any given task, no matter how mundane, are astonishing.


December 21, 2018

A Numbers Game

The oceans are big. The universe is even bigger. A needle in a haystack does not begin to describe the difficulty of finding what you are looking for on the Earth’s seafloor, much less below the icy cover of a moon orbiting Jupiter 588 million kilometers away!


December 20, 2018

Advancing Autonomy at the Costa Rican Shelf Break — Week 1 Video

Researchers are off the coast of Costa Rica, testing robots by integrating sensors, software, and mechanics to create underwater vehicles that can travel through unknown and potentially hazardous subsea regions. These types of vehicles, once able to make decisions without input from humans, will help us understand the oceans of Earth, as well as other planets.


December 19, 2018

Technology, Exploration and Clay

Trying to work with clay during an oceanographic expedition focusing primary on autonomous robotic development might sound a little crazy. Ok, probably it is.


November 29, 2018

Interdisciplinary Investigation of a New Hydrothermal Vent Field: It’s a wrap — Discoveries and new questions

Drawn to the mysteries of the Auka hydrothermal vent field, our interdisciplinary team of scientists arrived eager to explore a diverse and vibrant ecosystem thriving in an extreme environment of unique geochemistry. We were not disappointed.


November 28, 2018

Interdisciplinary Investigation of a New Hydrothermal Vent Field: First impressions and old friends

First impressions do not always turn out to be right, but they stick with you. I remember my first impression of the Auka vent field when, using the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) submersible Doc Ricketts, we discovered this hydrothermal field on April 12, 2015.