Worldwide, the oceans are changing and marine environments are being altered through human behaviors and natural causes. We travel around the world to increase our understanding of global environmental changes and how these changes may affect the marine world.
Aquarius is the world’s only underwater research station. Located in Florida's National Marine Sanctuary, scientists live under the high-pressure conditions of the ocean as saturated divers. In two missions, we have studied coral health and pioneered new techniques to track fish with electronic acoustic tags.
Following the devastating tsunami of 2004, we traveled to Thailand’s coast for a two-week exploration of the damage done and the expected recovery rate for local coral reefs. We found massive corals that had been overturned by the force of the tsunami and others that had been pushed clean out of the water. Despite the massive damage we also found evidence of recovery.
The Celebes Sea is unlike anywhere else on the planet. With a shallow rim that protects it from deep-running, frigid currents, it is one of the only deep ocean areas filled with warmer, life-sustaining water. Scientists believe the depths may resemble the oceans of 25 million years ago. No one knew what unimaginable creatures might live in the unexplored depths. In 2007, we traveled there to find out. Read our expedition blog.
In March 2000, an iceberg the size of Connecticut—the largest in recorded history—broke free from Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf. The New England Aquarium, the National Geographic Society and the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute sponsored an expedition to study this and other icebergs in the Ross Sea in early 2001.