New Chief Scientist Training Cruise Announced!

Feb 20, 2019
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UNOLS is pleased to announce that the US National Science Foundation together with the Office of Naval Research and the State of Hawaii have provided funding for a Chief Scientist Training Cruise Opportunity with an emphasis on Biological and Chemical Oceanographic research. The research cruise will take place in June 2019 (15-24 June 2019) aboard the R/V Kilo Moana. The cruise will depart from and arrive into Honolulu, HI. Participants will help plan and execute 10 days of at-sea oceanographic research that will take advantage of shipboard and PI supplied equipment to address scientific questions related to the role of biology in regulating vertical exchanges of bioelements between the upper ocean and the ocean's interior waters. The research cruise will focus on biogeochemical and ecological dynamics at Station ALOHA (22°45´N, 158°W), field site for the Hawaii Ocean Time-series program in the subtropical North Pacific Ocean. The wealth of contextual information available from decades of research at this field site will help guide the scientific foci for this training cruise. Pre-cruise meetings and workshops will be used to identify participant-specific research questions and objectives.

Please share this opportunity with your colleagues and anyone else you think might be interested!

The Chief Scientist Training Cruise will include:

  • Pre-cruise video-conferences (dates TBD in April and May) and an in-person, pre-cruise workshop (June 13-14) to familiarize participants with key steps in the planning and execution of a successful research cruise
  • Participant-led development of scientific hypotheses and cruise objectives
  • Development of shipboard sampling plans that maximize efficient use of the shared resources (e.g., ship time, equipment, supplies)
  • Familiarization with pre-departure and post-cruise coordination activities
  • A 10-day research cruise aboard the R/V Kilo Moana (15-24 June, 2019)
  • On-board training with shipboard scientific equipment
  • Collection of biological and chemical datasets that can inform collaborative synthesis efforts

The goal of this program is to help early-career marine scientists (e.g., PhD students, postdocs and new faculty) plan and write effective cruise proposals, develop collaborative sampling strategies and plans to address key scientific questions, become familiar with shipboard equipment and sampling at sea, and communicate major findings through writing of manuscripts and cruise reports.

Travel costs and research supplies will be provided. Space is limited. To apply you must be an employee, trainee, or student (U.S. Citizen or permanent resident) at a U.S. institution or a U.S. citizen working abroad.

To be considered, applications must be received by March 18, 2019. Please complete the on-line application at:

This application will request basic contact and demographic information, as well as research background and interests in order to aid participant selection.

If you have questions about the application process or the cruise program, please send an email to the following program leads: