Ocean 411: Expedition Student Application

Interested in participating in a major oceanographic expedition?

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 13 to October 3 aboard the 274-foot R/V Thomas G. Thompson and will utilize the

ROV ROPOS. We will be working at depths of up to 9000 ft beneath the oceanʼs surface and at

sites that include methane seeps off the Oregon margin; Axial Seamount (the largest and most

active submarine volcano off our coast); and active hydrothermal vents hosting novel animal and

microbial communities. There are no prerequisites for this class – it is open to all students.

During the two- to four-week time periods at sea, you will work alongside experienced scientists,

engineers, and shipʼs crew members to gain at-sea research and sea-going experience using

advanced oceanographic research instruments and vehicles. You will conduct your own research

projects using data collected with some of these tools. The course will emphasize the importance

of science communication during your time at sea, and you will present your results to the public.

As a member of this oceanographic expedition and class, you will be taking part in the installation

of Americaʼs first high-power and high-bandwidth regional cabled ocean observatory, the

Regional Scale Nodes (RSN)(www.interactiveoceans.washington.edu). With funding from the

National Science Foundation, the University of Washington is leading the design, installation, and

early operations of this observatory. You will be participating in a truly groundbreaking effort to

transform the kind of science and exploration that we can do in the worldʼs oceans.

APPLY FOR VISIONS’14 at http://www.interactiveoceans.washington.edu/

Submit application via email to Dr. Deb Kelley (dskelley) or drop off at Rm 261, Ocean Teaching Building



Registration is now open to the summer study abroad program in Micronesia!

Registration is now open to the Oceanography summer study abroad program in Micronesia!Apply online at:


This program will take place in Kosrae, Micronesia, from August 16-September 8, 2014. The class is focused on coastal ecosystems in a changing climate, and will provide students with first hand field experience studying coral reefs, mangrove forests, estuaries, sea grass and the ways that human activities are affecting those ecosystems. Some foundation in the natural sciences is useful, but students from a wide range of backgrounds and majors are encouraged to apply. More information is available at:

http://studyabroad.washington.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11114 .

Please contact Dax Soule (daxsoule) with any additional questions about the course.

Dax Soule
University of Washington
Department of Oceanography
Box 357940
Seattle, WA 98195-7940


Earn a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management | Applications Due 1/27

In the Environmental Management Certificate program, graduate students from across the University collaborate to tackle real-world problems with profound business, policy, scientific, and engineering ramifications.

Students engage in environmental challenges—including energy, climate change, natural resources management, and pollution—and learn to organize collaborative teams to complete a client-based project. The program spans traditional academic boundaries, allowing students to integrate broad perspectives, knowledge, skills, and interconnections.

Program Elements

  • 3 core courses in Environmental Policy, Business and the Environment, and Science Application.
  • A 2-quarter Keystone Project with community partners that address contemporary problems in environmental management.


Applications are due by 5pm on Monday, January 27. Your completed application package must include:

  • Application form (attached).
  • Letter of application. Your letter of application should be about 500 words, or 1-2 pages. This document serves as a writing sample and should: 1) address in detail how you anticipate the program will help you meet your academic and professional goals; and 2) Demonstrate your experience and interest in the environmental field.
  • Transcripts (unofficial). Undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all educational institutions attended – including your current UW transcript.

For more information, contact Anne DeMelle at ademelle.

Anne DeMelle

Graduate Program Coordinator, UW Program on the Environment

Wallace Hall, 3737 Brooklyn Ave NE, Box 355679, Seattle, WA 98195 (map)

(206) 221-6129

Please note that I am out on Fridays

EM Application Form.doc