Exploring the Caribbean Deep

The Caribbean deep sea is one of the least explored globally. This is due to a dearth of capacity in the region. I 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.

Mussels and sea cucumbers at Kick’em Jenny cold seeps, Grenada. Photo credit: Ocean Exploration Trust


Ultimately, the lack of regional capacity and knowledge results in unaware populations and inappropriate or inadequate management decisions. 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, from 2018-2019, empowered 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. Find out more on the SpeSeas website and in Forbes.