2017 Expedition

Expedition in 60 Seconds: Heceta Bank | Nautilus Live

Heceta Bank

Sep 6, 2017 to Sep 9, 2017 — NA087

Returning south along the coast of Oregon, this expedition will conduct geophysical surveys near Heceta Bank in order to search for late Pleistocene-aged remnant landforms and possible archaeological sites. This is a multidisciplinary problem that requires data generated by Earth scientists and archaeologists to answer questions about past coastal environments and prehistoric human migration.

The question of how and when humans migrated from northeastern Asia into North America is currently a significant archaeological topic. Archaeologists hypothesize the earliest archaeological sites in the New World may be found along the northeastern Pacific Ocean’s coastal margin where they are buried in submerged terrestrial landforms that were once part of exposed ancient coastal landscapes. Coastal migration theory may be tested by searching for, locating and extracting samples of submerged archaeological sites positioned along past coastlines. Nautilus will search for evidence of the first North Americans by exploring areas of Oregon’s Pacific outer continental shelf that were above sea level.

Nautilus will conduct offshore research activities in two study areas positioned along Oregon’s central coast, including the lower reach of the ancient Umpqua River–one of Oregon’s largest coastal drainages. This project will use recent geophysical surveys to collect further baseline multibeam sonar data and subbottom surveys on seafloor morphology and stratigraphy and collect digital imagery to inform when and how Oregon’s past coastal environment evolved toward its modern form.

Meet the Team

Photo of David Ball
Science/Data Team
Photo of Daniel Cespedes
Science/Data Team, Communications
Photo of Dwight Coleman
Expedition Leader
Photo of Megan Cook
Photo of Loren Davis
Science/Data Team
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of Linda Fergusson-Kolmes
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Mike Filimon
Hercules Pilot
Photo of William Glatt
Argus Pilot
Photo of Ethan Gold
Data Engineer
Photo of Gabrielle Inglis
Argus Pilot
Photo of Brian Kennedy
Science/Data Team
Photo of Daniel Kohn
Science Communication Fellow, Artist at Sea
Photo of Nathaniel Krafve
Video Engineering Intern
Photo of Ashley Marranzino
Science/Data Team
Photo of Reuben Mills
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Kathryn Nuss
Science/Data Team
Photo of Alex Nyers
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jessica Sandoval
Argus Pilot
Photo of Allan Santos
Video Engineer
Photo of Miles Saunders
Photo of Brendan Chase Scott
Science/Data Team
Photo of Tammy Weyers
Video Engineer
Photo of Rebecca Wipfler
Science/Data Team
Photo of Regina Yopak
Photo of Jonathan Zand
Hercules Pilot


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