We are looking for students interested in the UW Sea-Going Research and Discovery course (OCEAN 411). This at-sea course will provide you direct participation on a global-class research ship using a state-of the-art underwater robotic vehicle (ROV). The expedition will take place July 25 to August 28, 2017 aboard the 274-foot R/V Roger Revelle and will utilize the ROV Jason. We will be working at depths of up to 9000 ft beneath the ocean’s surface and at sites that include methane seeps off the Oregon margin; Axial Seamount (the largest and most active submarine volcano off our coast); active hydrothermal vents hosting novel animal and microbial communities, and along highly productive coastal environments off Newport, Oregon. There are no prerequisites for this class – it is open to all students, transportation to the ship is provided, and all costs are covered except 3 credits tuition for Ocean 411 Fall 2017.
During the ~1.5- to ~3-week time periods at sea, you will work alongside experienced scientists, engineers, and ship’s crew members to gain at-sea research and sea-going experience using advanced oceanographic research platforms, instruments and vehicles. You will conduct your own research and/or outreach projects using data collected with some of these tools. The course will emphasize the importance of science communication during your time at sea. During Fall quarter, you will have the opportunity to finish your individual and/or team projects and present your results in a symposium at the end of the quarter.
As a member of this oceanographic expedition and class, you will be taking part in maintenance of the US’s high-power and high-bandwidth cabled ocean observatory, the Cabled Array (www.interactiveoceans.washington.edu) funded by the National Science Foundation as part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative. You will be participating in a truly groundbreaking effort that is transforming ocean sciences and exploration.