Peter Etnoyer Introduction (Transcript)
My name is Peter Etnoyer. I am a scientific consultant with expertise in marine biology and remote sensing technology. I am different from the other scientists at OceanAGE because I work with several organizations rather than just one, and I work on a wide variety of projects.
Most recently I have been working with NOAA and the Natural History Museum to collect and identify deep-sea corals in North American waters. Deep-sea corals are interesting to the government because they grow very large up to 30 feet and up to a mile deep and provide habitat for fish, crabs, and sharks.
I am here in the Natural History Museum standing among the archives. The question I want to answer for you today is How did these things get from the bottom of the seafloor to the museum? By taking you through the process, I hope to introduce you to the skills I need to do my job.
This video presentation will be in three parts.
First, I am going to show you how we use multibeam echo sounders to scan the seafloor and identify deep-sea coral collection targets.
Next, I am going to show you how we use robotics and submarines to collect a deep sea coral and bring it to the surface.
Finally, I am going to show you how we preserve a coral for identification and storage at the Natural History Museum Archives.