2023 and 2021 Northern Victoria Land Antarctica
The Ross Sea is the worlds largest Marine Protected Area, and a rapidly changing region of our planet. In these research voyages we sought to understand how ongoing climate change was impacting globally important processes in this polar system.
2017-2019 Mo'orea Coral Reefs - Gump Station
With routine field sampling across seasons from 2017-2019 and laboratory experiments, we explored the drivers of coral reef stress by coupling biogeochemical measurements with coral microbiomes. With work during a major bleaching event, we further explored how coral bleaching impacts surrounding marine ecosystem structure and function, and feedback effects.
Leads: R. Vega Thurber; A. Correa; A.R. Thurber
Travelling between Samoa and Hawaii we explored several new seamounts with the Remotely Operated Vehicles Hercules and Argos aboard the E/V Nautilus
ASGARD: Changing Arctic Ocean Carbon Cycles
Focused on the Chukchi Sea, this program sampled and explored how climate warming is impacting a myriad of ocean processes in the Arctic, including carbon sequestration.
American Samoa: Coral Reefs and Climate Change
A three-month experimental analysis of the response of coral reefs along the coast of American Samoa to varying climate impacts.
2022 Bay of Plenty Seeps
With a multi-disciplinary suite of ocean technology we traced the influence of the Calypso Vent Field seeps on marine biogeochemical processes, including ocean-to-atmosphere carbon fluxes.
2019 and 2021 Hikurangi Margin Seeps
With remotely operated vehicles, water column profiling, and heavy-duty coring technologies we explored poorly understood methane seep systems of the Hikurangi Margin. We looked across a range of fluid routing mechanisms and habitat types, including habitats impacted by bottom trawling activities, to better understand the drivers of dynamic deep-sea seep ecosystems.
Resultant publications: 1
Discvoery of First Antarctic Methane Seep
Following the first discovery of a potential methane seep in the Antarctic, we returned in 2016 to McMurdo Sound to confirm the feature and characterise the biogeochemical and microbial dynamics.
Resultant publications: 1
R/V Oceanus HOTS Survey
An cruise-leader training research cruise at the Hawaii Ocean Time Series sampling zone
Palau Hoga Coastal and Coral Reef Ecological Surveys
Operating out of the main station of Operation Wallacea on Hoga Island, Indonesia, we surveyed the health status of a wide range of reef systems across South East Sulawesi