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.

  • 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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