2016 Expedition

Expedition Overview: Channel Islands in 60 Seconds

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Jul 3, 2016 to Jul 21, 2016

The deep-water biological habitat and geological character of the seafloor around the Channel Islands are poorly understood despite considerable research in the area and a number of special designations in place to protect these regions. Less than 50% of the seafloor within the boundaries of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) has been mapped by high-resolution sonar. Although CINMS is one of the agencies tasked with protection of deep-water habitats and deep sea corals around the islands, it lacks sufficient data on seafloor character, spatial locations of coral gardens and information on emerging threats on deep habitats such as climate change and ocean acidification.

Nautilus will use a high resolution mapping system to collect sonar bathymetry and sub-bottom profiling data to characterize the seafloor in these unmapped areas. Following mapping operations, Nautilus will utilize the ROVs to make observations, collect high-definition video imagery, collect biological and geological samples, and ground truth the newly collected multibeam data.

Nautilus will survey geological and geophysical aspects of the region, make new observations about the structure and nature of tectonic faults, ridges, seamounts, and basins, and potentially identify, characterize, and sample unmapped and unexplored features such as oxygen minimum zones, gas seeps, marine terraces, paleoshorelines, hardbottom habitats, and their associated benthic ecosystems.

Meet the Team

Photo of Sulaiman Al'Sibani
Navigator
Photo of Emily Ballard
Video Engineer
Photo of Kelsey Barnhill
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jan Bautista
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Kaitlyn Becker
Science/Data Team
Photo of Julie Bursek
Science/Data Team
Photo of Christopher Caldow
Science/Data Team
Photo of Dwight Coleman
Expedition Leader
Photo of David Cummins
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Olivia Czerewko
Navigation Intern
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of Gregg Diffendale
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Peter Etnoyer
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jason Fahy
Navigator
Photo of Ryan Freedman
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jonathan Gain
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Ryan  Hartnett
Ocean Science Intern
Photo of Erin Heffron
Science/Data Team, Mapping
Photo of Renato Kane
Navigator
Photo of Justin Lowe
Data Engineer
Photo of Megan Lubetkin
Science / Data Team
Photo of Michael Marin
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Leigh Marsh
Science/Data Team
Photo of Ed McNichol
Video Engineer
Photo of Catie Mitchell
Science/Data Team
Photo of Chris Mobley
Science/Data Team
Photo of Mark O'Riordan
Argus Pilot
Photo of Nikolai  Pawlenko
Science/Data Team
Photo of Dennis (DJ) Pevey
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Brennan Phillips
Science/Data Team
Photo of Alexandra Santos
Nautilus Junior Ambassador
Photo of Allan Santos
Video Engineer
Photo of Will Sautter
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jessica Schem
Mapping Intern
Photo of Alex Simpson
Navigation Intern
Photo of Wendy Snyder
Argus Pilot
Photo of Katelyn Standerfer
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Ali Trueworthy
Argus Pilot
Photo of Suna Tüzün
Science/Data Team

Highlights

Video: Expedition Overview: Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in 60 Seconds
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Expedition Overview: Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in 60 Seconds
July 5, 2016
Video: Amazing Variety of Sea Stars
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Amazing Variety of Sea Stars
July 6, 2016
Video: Unexpected Expulsions: Sea Pigs Doing Their Business
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Unexpected Expulsions: Sea Pigs Doing Their Business
July 13, 2016
Album: Stunning Corals & Creatures of the Channel Islands NMS
 
Stunning Corals & Creatures of the Channel Islands NMS
19 photos
July 17, 2016
Video: ROV Hercules Catches a Glimpse of a Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)
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ROV Hercules Catches a Glimpse of a Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)
July 18, 2016
Album: Unusual Discoveries in the Channel Islands
 
Unusual Discoveries in the Channel Islands
11 photos
July 26, 2016
Video: Colorful Corals of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
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Colorful Corals of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
July 28, 2016