DESSC Early Career Programs

DeSSC New-Users Program at the Fall AGU Meeting

The National Deep Submergence Facility (or NDSF) manages and operates the U.S. submersible Alvin, the remotely operated vehicle Jason/Medea, and the autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry. These deep submergence vehicles are renowned for facilitating and advancing deep-sea research, e.g. the discovery of hydrothermal vents, studying the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, etc.

The Deep Submergence Science Committee (DeSSC) is a committee of scientists who provide support and advice to the operator and supporting funding agencies of the NDSF. The DeSSC fall meeting is an open forum for scientists and engineers to learn about scientific discoveries and technical advances, as well as to express their opinions about NDSF activities. DeSSC is committed to increasing the involvement of students and postdoctoral/early-career scientists. To that end, we have developed the new-users program to: 1) expose students, early-career scientists and other new-users to DeSSC and the NDSF, 2) engage participants in DeSSC advisory activities, 3) offer participants training and mentoring in the process of developing research programs that use NDSF vehicles, and 4) enable participants to network with scientists actively involved in NDSF-supported research. These goals will be achieved through a workshop (prior to the DeSSC meeting) in which more experienced deep-sea scientists and NDSF operators provide instruction on deep-sea research, grant-writing, technology, and data management, and by directly involving participants in the DeSSC fall meeting.

These goals are achieved through a workshop (prior to the DeSSC meeting) in which more experienced deep-sea scientists and NDSF operators provide instruction on deep-sea research, grant-writing, technology, and data management, and by directly involving participants in the DeSSC fall meeting.

We are not currently accepting applications for a DeSSC Early Career Program.  Please sign up for email alerts about future opportunities below.

DeSSC Ocean Policy Interest Group

The work of oceanographic research unavoidably intersects with the world of policy and politics.  Many politically charged subjects – global warming, ocean acidification, seafloor  mining, and naval operations – are active fields of research among both academic and industry scientists.  Scientific results can inform ocean-based action, providing guidance to commercial and governmental actions.  And of course, oceanographic research is largely dependent upon government money.

Through DeSSC’s Ocean Policy Interest Group, you can

  • Talk with international leaders in marine science, conservation, and policy.
  • Stay current on policy issues affecting your work.
  • Get advice on careers in ocean policy.
  • Learn how to advocate for your science.

To stay updated on the Group’s activities and future events, just email the UNOLS Office to be added to the mailing list!

Previous Ocean Policy Interest Presentations
Date Speaker Topic Link
January
2015
Philippe Cousteau, Global Echo Foundation and Earth Echo Unique Approaches to Science Communication and Environmental Advocacy This WEBEX teleconference was recorded, but is not publicly posted due to use of copyrighted video from CNN and National Geographic in the presentation. Please email UNOLS for access to this video.
November
2014
David Lang, 
Founder of 
OpenROV
Underwater Robots and Connected Exploration This WEBEX teleconference was recorded, you can view the recording on the UNOLS YouTube Channel, HERE
December 2013 Professor Craig Allen, University of Washington The International Law of the Sea This WEBEX teleconference was recorded, but is not publicly posted due to the sensitive nature of the material. Please email UNOLS for access to this video.
June 2013 Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue Future Challenges for Ocean-Going Scientists This WEBEX teleconference was recorded, you can view the recording on the UNOLS YouTube Channel, HERE