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Nautilus from a drone

Next on Nautilus expedition overviews feature the latest updates from the 2021 Nautilus expedition in the Eastern and Central Pacific. Join our team to recap thrilling discoveries and preview science and technology developments you can see on Nautilus Live.

Upcoming Events

Next on Nautilus:

Expedition to #ONCAbyss

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 — 11:00 am Hawaii • 2:00 pm Pacific • 5:00 pm Eastern

Preview the August E/V Nautilus expedition with Ocean Networks Canada in a live conversation with the scientists, engineers, and students aboard the ship in their first days at sea. For a month, the team will investigate the abyssal plain, hydrothermal vents, and conduct dual-ship operations deploying and installing Earth-observing instruments for an ocean observatory across the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate. Bring your questions and join the conversation about new ocean technology and the engineering challenges of working on a geologically active seafloor! 

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Next on Nautilus:

Sailing over Subduction Seeps

Monday, July 19, 2021 — 9:30 am Hawaii • 12:30 pm Pacific • 3:30 pm Eastern

Off the coasts of Oregon, Washington, and Northern California lies the Cascadia Margin, an area where E/V Nautilus and other research vessels have mapped and found over 3,500 bubble plumes from methane seeps. A team arrives on Nautilus in days led by Dr. Tamara Baumberger and Susan Merle to study these environments never before seen with cameras. 

Next on Nautilus:

Big Reasons To Love Tiny Forams

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 — 11:00 am Hawaii • 2:00 pm Pacific • 5:00 pm Eastern

Tiny creatures can play an oversized role in ocean functions! Join expedition scientists Dr. Joan Bernhard, Chris Powers, and artist Terry Conrad as they discuss why foraminifera — forams for short — are important in understanding the health and chemical makeup of the ocean. Learn about plans to collect these tiny organisms with ROV Hercules, what we can learn from forams, why we’re searching for them across the Santa Barbara Basin, and what fascinating art was inspired by capturing these organisms.

Ocean Exploration in the Lakes: 2021 Expedition Update

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 — 11:00 am Hawaii • 2:00 pm Pacific • 5:00 pm Eastern

Did you know 95% of the Great Lakes are still unmapped in modern high resolution? Returning to the Great Lakes after a 2019 expedition, OET has teamed up with Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in northern Michigan for a lakebed mapping expedition using the research ASV BEN from the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire (CCOM UNH). Join TBNMS Research Coordinator Stephanie Gandulla, ASV Research Lead Val Schmidt, and Mapping Coordinator Erin Heffron to discuss how this 3-week deployment in the lakes helps advance exploration, develop new technology, and make important discoveries essential to preserving resources in the only freshwater national marine sanctuary in the United States. Lakebed mapping will cover areas never scientifically surveyed before and determine areas of interest for future ROV and scientific scuba dives!

Ocean Exploration in the Lakes: History of Thunder Bay NMS

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 — 11:00 am Hawaii • 2:00 pm Pacific • 5:00 pm Eastern

World Ocean Day meets the Great Lakes! Ocean Exploration Trust is beginning the 2021 season in Michigan on Lake Huron for a 3-week expedition. Join us for a look back into the history of scientific exploration in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary including work with OET team members 20 years ago to discover some of the 80+ shipwrecks protected in this area. Bring your questions for a live conversation with Sanctuary Superintendent Jeff Gray, Expedition Leader Dwight Coleman, Mission Support Katie Lohr, and Education Coordinator Sarah Waters to learn how Michigan gained a National Marine Sanctuary, why this region is important to protect, and the many ways you can get involved in this sanctuary and others near you!