2019 Expedition

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Gorda Ridge

May 24, 2019 to Jun 9, 2019 — NA108

This expedition continues the multi-year SUBSEA (Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog) Research Program, a partnership between NASA, NOAA, and various academic research centers. Bringing together both ocean and space exploration teams aboard E/V Nautilus, SUBSEA blends ocean exploration with ocean worlds research to address knowledge gaps related to the exploration of our Solar System.

The SUBSEA team will conduct the second of its two field programs at the Gorda Ridge offshore of northern California and Oregon, building upon the work conducted during the first field program at Lō`ihi Seamount in 2018. This section of mid-ocean ridge is of interest to ocean researchers in that it hosts seafloor hydrothermal activity that departs from the convention of black smoker hydrothermal systems, instead emitting clear fluids from the seafloor.

The SUBSEA research team includes interdisciplinary teams focused on Science, Science Operations, and Technology. The SUBSEA Science team is using ROVs to observe, survey, gather instrument data, and collect samples from analog environments to potential volcanic hydrothermal systems on other Ocean Worlds, such as Enceladus, a moon of Saturn. The SUBSEA Science Operations research team focuses on the ethnographic study of the work practices, habits, communication and information flows necessary to conduct remote science and exploration, by observing both operations conducted by the SUBSEA team on the E/V Nautilus and located at the Inner Space Center, University of Rhode Island. Finally, the SUBSEA Technology research team will provide Exploration Ground Data Systems software to support integration and visualization of diverse data products relevant to future human exploration of deep space.

Sponsored by: NOAA Office of Exploration and Research and NASA Science Mission Directorate PSTAR Program


Meet the Team

Photo of Wayne Bornio
Video Engineer
Photo of Eric Chan
Science/Data Team
Photo of Josh Chernov
ROV Operations Manager
Photo of Ashley Davis
Ocean Science Intern
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of Gregg Diffendale
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Aubrey Foulk
Science/Data Team
Photo of Chris German
Science/Data Team
Photo of Cassidy Gonzalez-Morabito
ROV Engineering Intern
Photo of Benjamin Grassian
Photo of Susan Groff
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Michelle Hauer
Science/Data Team
Photo of Sarah Hu
Science/Data Team
Photo of Gabrielle Inglis
Argus Pilot
Photo of Jessica Kaelblein
Video Engineering Intern
Photo of Renato Kane
Photo of Kristopher Krasnosky
Navigator, High Resolution Mapper
Photo of Darlene Lim
Science/Data Team
Photo of Justin Lowe
Data Engineer
Photo of Megan Lubetkin
Science / Data Team
Photo of Leigh Marsh
Science/Data Team
Photo of Sara Matasick
Video Engineer
Photo of Matthew Miller
Science/Data Team
Photo of Zara Mirmalek
Science/Data Team, Ethnographer/SUBSEA research
Photo of Nicole Raineault
Expedition Leader
Photo of Jessica Sandoval
Argus Pilot
Photo of Miles Saunders
Photo of Trevor Shepherd
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Amy Smith
Science/Data Team
Photo of Sean Sylva
Science/Data team
Photo of Alex Wang
Navigation Intern
Photo of Jon Willis
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Samantha  Wishnak


Video: Exploring Ocean Worlds with SUBSEA
Exploring Ocean Worlds with SUBSEA
May 28, 2019
Video: Blooming Basalt Towers of North Gorda Rift Axis
Blooming Basalt Towers of North Gorda Rift Axis
June 7, 2019
Video: Newly Discovered Apollo Vent Field
Newly Discovered Apollo Vent Field
June 8, 2019
Album: The Alien Landscapes of Apollo Vent Field
The Alien Landscapes of Apollo Vent Field
7 photos
June 8, 2019
Album: Revealing Mysteries of Gorda Ridge Hydrothermal Vents
Revealing Mysteries of Gorda Ridge Hydrothermal Vents
11 photos
June 13, 2019