On Wednesday 20th April, I will be setting sail aboard the NOAA ship, the Okeanos Explorer, for three weeks (20th April to 11th May). The goal of our expedition is to explore the area around the Marianas Trench using an ROV. What is exciting and special about the Okeanos Explorer is that it only does exploration and science communication (not research-driven science) – it’s ROV basically just drives around looking for cool stuff! The best bit is that all dives are streamed in HD imagery LIVE on the internet so anyone can watch! (more…)

Hooray! My guest post for the blog ‘Deep Sea News’ is now up!

The post highlights my postdoctoral research investigating the megafauna that live in the UKSRL claim area in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the Pacific Ocean. This area has some of the most valuable metal resources on the planet: vast fields of polymetallic nodules. This work is part of the ABYSSLINE Project and is crucial as this area will likely be mined in the near future.

Check out my DSN guest post here:

http://www.deepseanews.com/2016/01/megafauna-and-minerals-on-the-pacific-abyss/

 

Disclaimer: this blog post is embarrassingly overdue!

In early September 2015, I attended the 14th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium (DSBS) and Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) Planning Meeting in Aveiro, Portugal, and wow, what an incredibly enjoyable and valuable week it was! This was my first time attending either event having been at sea in 2012 when the DSBS took place in New Zealand. It was also my first conference since I attended the World Conference of Marine Biodiversity in 2011, so needless to say, I felt a bit rusty. (more…)

What animals colonise wood and whale bones on two seamounts in the Southwest Indian Ridge? Are the communities more similar between substrate types or seamounts? Are any of the animals new to science? Are the communities made up of organic-fall specialists or background opportunists? These are some of the questions that colleagues and I wanted to answer when we deployed these wood and bone packages for two years off South Africa. Findings are reported in the paper below. (more…)