2017 Expedition

Expedition in 60 Seconds: Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary | Nautilus Live

Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Aug 6, 2017 to Aug 15, 2017

Continuing north along the California coast to Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary (CBNMS), offshore the San Francisco Bay Area, Nautilus will visually survey deep-water habitat that has never been explored and characterize habitat, species, and communities. Recently expanded to protect 1,286 square miles of offshore habitat including continental shelf, Cordell Bank, and Bodega Canyon, as well as smaller canyons along the continental slope, most newly added areas of CBNMS have not been explored.

CBNMS lies within the California Current and the combination of ocean conditions and undersea topography creates a rich and diverse marine community in the sanctuary. Submarine canyons and shelf-break regions are known as areas of high coral abundance and diversity due to their rocky habitats and higher slope environments as well as localized upwelling and hydrographic properties associated with these bathymetric features. The critical first step to protect and manage this area is to characterize this habitat so that CBNMS can best manage and protect this area, and understand how it contributes to the ecosystem, biodiversity, and maritime history of the region.  This baseline information will inform marine resource management, policy decisions, and new research.  

The main objectives of this expedition will be to collect high-resolution multibeam sonar data to identify hard substrate areas, utilize ROVs to complete initial surveys of new newly-added regions, and collect biological specimens and environmental data. This data collection will help CBNMS to characterize habitats and document distribution and abundance of deep water corals, sponges, and fishes, and contribute to understanding how these communities may be affected by changes in carbonate saturation and dissolved oxygen.

Meet the Team

Photo of Sulaiman Al'Sibani
Navigator
Photo of Kaitlyn Becker
Science/Data Team
Photo of Marisa Borreggine
Ocean Science Intern
Photo of Josh Chernov
ROV Operations Manager
Photo of Dwight Coleman
Expedition Leader
Photo of Alex DeCiccio
Communications/ Documentarian
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of Carina Fish
Science/Data Team
Photo of Amber Hale
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Dan Howard
Science/Data Team
Photo of Renato Kane
Navigator
Photo of Nathaniel Krafve
Video Engineering Intern
Photo of Danielle Lipski
Science/Data Team
Photo of Justin Lowe
Data Engineer
Photo of Michael Marin
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Ed McNichol
Video Engineer
Photo of Victor Naklicki
ROV Intern
Photo of Tommy Riparetti
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Dave Robertson
Video Engineer
Photo of Jan Roletto
Science/Data Team
Photo of Trevor Shepherd
Argus Pilot
Photo of Jennifer Stock
Communications
Photo of Ali Trueworthy
Argus Pilot
Photo of Suna Tüzün
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jamie Wagner
Science/Data Team
Photo of Robert Waters
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Michael Wegner
Navigation Intern
Photo of Gary Williams
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jenny Woodman
Science Communication Fellow

Highlights

Video: Expedition in 60 Seconds: Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
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Expedition in 60 Seconds: Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
August 6, 2017
Video: Mystery Trawl Door in Cordell Bank
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Mystery Trawl Door in Cordell Bank
August 11, 2017
Video: Discovering Bodega Canyon Corals
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Discovering Bodega Canyon Corals
August 12, 2017
Album: ROV Sampling Techniques in Cordell Bank
 
ROV Sampling Techniques in Cordell Bank
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August 17, 2017
Album: Cephalopods of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
 
Cephalopods of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
11 photos
August 17, 2017
Video: Expedition Wrap-Up: Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
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Expedition Wrap-Up: Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
August 25, 2017
Video: Rich Biodiversity in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
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Rich Biodiversity in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
September 14, 2017
Video: New Sponge Species Found in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
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New Sponge Species Found in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
May 29, 2018