Exploring the Caribbean Deep

The Caribbean deep sea is one of the least explored globally. This is mostly due to a dearth of regional technological, technical and financial capacity. I have been fortunate to have participated in most of the recent exploratory cruises in the Caribbean – exploring hydrothermal vents in the Cayman Trench and methane seeps off Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago, and searching for the impacts of volcanic activity on deep-sea communities off Montserrat. A full list of my publications can be found here and be sure to check out the section on research cruises for more information.


Ultimately, the lack of regional capacity and knowledge results in inappropriate or inadequate management decisions and unaware populations. To tackle this, a group of researchers, engineers and practitioners, funded by National Geographic and the Inter-American Development Bank launched ‘My Deep Sea, My Backyard’. This pilot project is empowering two small island developing states – the Republic of Kiribati and Trinidad and Tobago – to explore their own deep-sea backyards using low-cost technology, while also building lasting in-country capacity. Follow our blog for regular updates or find out more on SpeSeas website. Also check out some recent coverage in Forbes.