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