2016 Expedition

Expedition Overview: Southern California Margin in 60 Seconds | Nautilus Live

Southern California Margin

Jul 24, 2016 to Aug 12, 2016

In late summer, E/V Nautilus will be offshore Los Angeles to explore some of the most tectonically active (as well as densely populated) areas offshore California. The team will investigate the Southern California Margin, a broad area that fits entirely within the US Exclusive Economic Zone but that still remains largely unexplored. The margin is a heavily trafficked area and has been investigated for over 50 years, by the academic community, federal agencies, military, and petroleum and fisheries industries. However, high-resolution multibeam bathymetric coverage of the seafloor here remains less than 50% complete, leaving much to be discovered.

The California Borderland has an unusually rugged topography linked to the complex tectonic history of the west coast of the United States and includes prominent faults which lie closer than the San Andreas Fault to important centers of urban population. As well as contributing to an improved understanding of the offshore extent of these local geohazards, this cruise will also explore important biological ecosystems that have been found where active fluid flow has been located along such fault systems.

The Ocean Exploration Trust will also be partnering with the MIT Media Lab during this cruise to provide a test platform for research projects. MIT Media Lab students will deploy and test a new type of origami-based folding coral habitat structure. They will also be testing data visualization processes to introduce new open source technology and tools for Nautilus and the team. OET’s Honors Research Program students will deploy four oceanographic drifters to document the complexities of California’s surface currents.

Meet the Team

Photo of Allan Adams
Science/Data Team
Photo of Sulaiman Al'Sibani
Navigator
Photo of Melissa Baffa
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Kelsey Barnhill
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jan Bautista
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Roxanne Beinart
Science/Data Team
Photo of Katy Croff Bell
Science/Data Team
Photo of Rich Bell
Science/Data Team, Navigator
Photo of Sean Bercaw
Navigator
Photo of Donald Blair
Science/Data Team
Photo of Mike Brennan
Expedition Leader
Photo of Jordan Caress
ROV Engineering Intern
Photo of Leslie Carrillo-Lorenzo
Honors Research Program Student
Photo of Justin Carroll
Video Engineering Intern
Photo of Chin-Yi Cheng
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jack Clawson
Video Engineer
Photo of Kendra Clifton-Pew
Honors Research Program Student
Photo of Marie-Helene (Milene) Cormier
Science/Data Team
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of Sam Garson
HRP Chaperone
Photo of Ethan Gold
Data Engineer
Photo of Dhruv Jain
Science/Data Team
Photo of Matt Jewell
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Ankush Joshi
Honors Research Program Student
Photo of Crista Kieley
Honors Research Program Student
Photo of Lindsay Knippenberg
Honors Research Project Lead
Photo of Kristopher Krasnosky
Navigator, High Resolution Mapper
Photo of Michael Li
Honors Research Program Student
Photo of Eric Lindheim-Marx
Honors Research Program Student
Photo of Brice Loose
Science/Data Team
Photo of Michael Marin
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Ashley Marranzino
Science/Data Team
Photo of Juan Sebastian Mayorga
Science/Data Team
Photo of Ed McNichol
Video Engineer
Photo of Catie Mitchell
Science/Data Team
Photo of Kyle Neumann
Video Engineer
Photo of Julye Newlin
Documentarian
Photo of Jifei Ou
Science/Data Team
Photo of Dennis (DJ) Pevey
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Susan Poulton
Communications/Media
Photo of Noah Reardon
Honors Research Program Student
Photo of Whitney Rogers
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Jessica Sandoval
Argus Pilot
Photo of Will Sellers
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Wendy Snyder
Argus Pilot
Photo of Misha Sra
Science/Data Team
Photo of Katelyn Standerfer
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Suna Tüzün
Science/Data Team
Photo of Emily Vierling
Honors Research Program Student
Photo of Samantha  Wishnak
Communications

Highlights

Video: Expedition Overview: Southern CA Margin in 60 seconds
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Expedition Overview: Southern CA Margin in 60 seconds
July 24, 2016
Video: Octopods of the Southern California Margin
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Octopods of the Southern California Margin
July 25, 2016
Video: Mysterious Purple Orb
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Mysterious Purple Orb
July 26, 2016
Video: Observing a Natural Whale Fall
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Observing a Natural Whale Fall
August 3, 2016
Video: Swarm of Squid and Squat Lobsters in the Water Column
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Swarm of Squid and Squat Lobsters in the Water Column
August 4, 2016
Video: Crustaceans of the Southern California Margin
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Crustaceans of the Southern California Margin
August 10, 2016
Video: Spectacular Skates of the Southern California Margin
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Spectacular Skates of the Southern California Margin
August 12, 2016
Video: Googly-Eyed Stubby Squid
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Googly-Eyed Stubby Squid
August 12, 2016
Video: Investigating Fascinating Geological Features off Southern California
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Investigating Fascinating Geological Features off Southern California
August 14, 2016