2014 Expedition

Mesoamerica in 60 Seconds

Mesoamerican Reef

Aug 6, 2014 to Aug 12, 2014 — NA048

The deep waters around and off the coasts of the Belizean cayes and atolls are among the least studied areas of the Caribbean Sea. The 2014 Nautilus cruise to the western Caribbean will conduct seafloor mapping and ROV exploration of the areas around and offshore the cayes and atolls of the Belize Barrier Reef, including potential mud volcanoes off Turneffe and Lighthouse atolls. Additionally, archaeological survey will be conducted with side-scan sonar and ROVs in areas of historical importance around the Belizean cayes. The Gulf of Honduras in the western Caribbean is home to large and abundant deep-sea coral and sponges. This is a dilution basin where sediment from rivers is mixed with the surrounding ocean waters. The two reef systems comprise the southern half of the Mesoamerican Reef, comprised of lagoons, coral reefs, barrier reefs, and atolls. This reef system is a World Heritage site and is listed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger. The deep areas of these reefs and atolls have never been explored or mapped and hold a great potential for understanding the dynamics of this bay and the health of the reefs.

Meet the Team

Photo of Katy Croff Bell
Science/Data Team
Photo of Michael Bewley
Photo of Erik Boudart
Photo of Mike Brennan
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jack Clawson
Video Engineer
Photo of Rhianne Cofer
Honors Research Program Student
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of Clancy Emanuel
ROV Engineering Intern
Photo of Stephen Estrin
Argus Pilot
Photo of Peter Etnoyer
Science/Data Team
Photo of Summer Farrell
Argus Pilot
Photo of Danielle Ferraro
Ocean Science/Mapping Intern
Photo of Daniel Finamore
Science/Data, Archaeologist
Photo of Allison Fundis
Expedition Leader
Photo of Sam Garson
HRP Chaperone
Photo of Lloyd Godson
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Steve Hammond
Science/Data Team
Photo of Nell Herrmann
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Robert Knott
Video Engineer
Photo of Mary  Miller
Photo of Artur Morozov
3rd Engineer
Photo of Kyle Neumann
Video Engineer
Photo of Julye Newlin
Photo of Emil Petruncio
Science/Data Team
Photo of Brennan Phillips
Science/Data Team
Photo of Lisel Powell
Photo of Dushyant Rao
Photo of Buzz Scott
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Will Sellers
Hercules Pilot
Photo of William Snyder
Photo of Suna Tüzün
Science/Data Team
Photo of Marsha Vargas
Science/Data, Guest
Photo of Jamie Wagner
Science/Data Team
Photo of Alexandra Wen
Honors Research Program Student


Video: Mesoamerican Reef Project in 60 Seconds
Mesoamerican Reef Project in 60 Seconds
August 7, 2014
Video: Beautiful Coral Close-up at Lighthouse Reef
Beautiful Coral Close-up at Lighthouse Reef
August 8, 2014
Album: Biology of the Mesoamerican Reef
Biology of the Mesoamerican Reef
12 photos
August 11, 2014
Video: Students Launch Ocean Drifter
Students Launch Ocean Drifter
August 12, 2014
Album: Behind the Scenes of the Mesoamerican Reef Project
Behind the Scenes of the Mesoamerican Reef Project
14 photos
August 13, 2014
Album: Sampling at the Mesoamerican Reef
Sampling at the Mesoamerican Reef
14 photos
August 18, 2014