Surveying Deep-sea Corals, Sponges, and Fish Habitat Off the U.S. West Coast: Mission Logs

Mission Logs

Follow along as participants in the cruise provide updates and reflections on their experiences, the science, the technology, and other elements of the expedition.

  • Expedition Summary

    On November 7, 2019, the Surveying Deep-sea Corals, Sponges, and Fish Habitat expedition ended. This expedition was the latest in a series of multi-agency collaborations known as EXPRESS, short for EXpanding Pacific Research and Exploration of Submerged Systems.

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  • So, What Is Environmental DNA Anyway?

    October 28, 2019  |  By Meredith Everett

    One of the goals of this cruise, especially for the Deep-sea Coral Research and Technology Program’s West Coast Research Initiative, is to continue to characterize the biodiversity of deep-sea corals and sponges in various habitats along the West Coast.

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  • Using an AUV and machine learning to characterize the marine environment

    October 28, 2019  |  By Abigail Powell

    When the Reuben Lasker arrived in San Francisco at the end of leg 1 our autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Popoki had already done seven dives and taken around 40,000 images.

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  • Using An AUV To Characterize Potential Offshore Wind Energy Lease Sites

    October 16, 2019  |  By Curt Whitmire

    Just after breakfast each day on the Lasker, the AUV team heads up to the bridge for a safety meeting with Commanding Officer Chad Cary and officers and deck crew currently on watch.

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  • What Lies Beneath…?

    October 14, 2019  |  By Dave Lovalvo

    What lies beneath ‘the ocean’ is the fundamental question this Reuben Lasker expedition is working to address.

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  • A Mud Volcano By Any Other Name...

    October 12, 2019  |  By Nancy Prouty, Jamie Conrad, Amanda Demopoulos, Pete Dartnell, and Janet Watt

    Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey recently mapped an unusual seafloor mound feature – during this expedition, they had the opportunity to visually survey the feature.

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  • Quantitative Surveys of Seafloor Communities with the Remotely Operated Vehicle

    October 11, 2019  |  By Diana Watters

    One of the objectives of the EXPRESS cruise is to collect quantitative information about the seafloor communities in the areas we are studying. To characterize these communities as accurately as possible, our surveys must be standardized to avoid bias, and conducted multiple times to capture variation. This means that we need to measure the area we are surveying, and within that area, identify the animals that we see, count them, and estimate their size. We also need to identify and measure the types and amount of seafloor habitats within the survey area. How is this done with the remotely operated vehicle?

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  • Partnerships for Common Goals: Acoustic Buoy to Study Marine Mammals in the California Current

    October 3, 2019  |  By Shannon Rankinand Anne Simonis

    On October 3, the team on NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker located and recovered a buoy that had been drifting on its own for 26 days, about 50 nautical miles offshore Eureka, California, where it had been eavesdropping on the sounds of whales, dolphins, fish, and ships.

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