Next on Nautilus: Big Reasons To Love Tiny Forams
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.
Launching our 2021 E/V Nautilus season, researchers will spend two days exploring oxygen minimum zones off the coast of southern California and seven days conducting seafloor mapping within the traditional and modern lands and waters of the Tongva, Kizh, and Chumash peoples. This expedition starts in San Pedro, where we will conduct three days of exploratory work to support Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Harvard University researchers in their NASA-funded projects in the Santa Barbara Basin.