UNOLS Cruise Opportunity Program

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Having multiple UNOLS volunteers aboard our ADEON cruise was the difference between ending the cruise as a resounding success as opposed to merely accomplishing the science objectives. - Dr. Jennifer Miksis-Olds, UNH

Welcome to the UNOLS Cruise Opportunity Program Webpage!

The primary goal of the UNOLS Cruise Opportunity Program is to provide graduate students currently completing (or who have recently completed) a degree in a field of oceanographic research with the opportunity to participate in a research cruise. The participant will be a member of the scientific party and be involved in data collection and all other activities at sea. It is envisioned that the individual will be familiar with the science to be conducted at sea, and thus, form new collaborations and potentially develop new research directions. To be eligible to participate in this program, the individual must be either currently be studying at a U.S.-based institution or a recent graduate, and must have either a U.S. Passport or a U.S. Work Visa. Please note that you are responsible for paying for your travel to/from the ship (unless otherwise noted), the UNOLS Office is unable to provide travel funds; however your advisor or institution may have some ideas.

Please review the opportunities and apply by their deadlines listed below. 

Note to PIs:  If you have empty bunks on your cruise, please consider making them available to graduate students. Contact the UNOLS Office to coordinate. Thank you!

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Available Cruise Opportunities


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Fall 2023 Deployment Operations Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Endurance Array

Application Deadline: July 15, 2023

Announcing an opportunity for 2 student volunteers for the Fall 2023 Deployment Operations Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Endurance Array aboard the R/V ATLANTIS. This cruise leaves from Astoria, OR on September 19th, with loading on September 17th and September 18th before returning to Newport once again on October 6th. The cruise will consist of a few several-day long legs with one day in port in between legs. Unload will happen on October 7th. The opportunity is open to students that are U.S. based and able to travel to Oregon. Interested students should supply the following to by July 15th, 2023. Travel funds may be available for the selected participants.

  • CV
  • Letter of Intent
  • A short message from their supervisor, advisor or other employer indicating they support their participation on the cruise.

Description of Research Project
Deploying and recovering oceanographic moorings, profilers and gliders off Washington and Oregon as part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Endurance Array. Students will have the opportunity to assist in mooring deployments and recoveries, CTD casts, and acquisition of underway data. Specific volunteer opportunities can be developed based on the student's expertise and interests. Potential volunteer activities include the acquisition of CTD and/or underway ship data for comparison to mooring data, water sample processing, working with OOI data, assisting with the mechanical integration (breakdown) of deployed (recovered) moorings, and aiding in glider deployment (recovery).