UNOLS Cruise Opportunity Program

  • photo by James Wilkinson
  • photo by Dr. Jennifer Miksis-Olds

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), and at this time 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

Pacific Porewater

R/V Kilo Moana

2-May-2020 Astoria, Oregon  
8-July-2020 Honolulu, Hawaii  

Sampling sedimentary pore water at four sites in the Pacific.

Volunteer responsibilities can be tailored, but our focus will be on Chemistry and Geochemistry. Must be eager and willing to work very long hours on station.

Application Deadline: 15-March-2020

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Southern East Pacific Rise Hydrothermal Vents

R/V Thomas G. Thompson

5-May-2020 Papeete, Tahiti
30-June-2020 San Diego, California 

We will be sampling hydrothermal systems mostly along the Southern East Pacific Rise, but we will visit at least one other system (Teahitia submarine volcano). We are looking at the stabilization of iron from these systems, focusing on the role of lower temperature more biologically active system. We will use CTDs and the AUV Sentry to locate and sample these systems. We will make a wide variety of measurements to characterize these waters including ligansd, isotopes, colloids, micorbes, sulfides, reduced iron, and trace metal chemistry.

The volunteer would assist in sampling, deploying instrumentation, and assisting in plume survey work including examining pictures of the seafloor. Responsibilities would aim to take advantage of applicants skills, knowledge, and talents. 

Application Deadline: 6-April-2020

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Oceanic Flux Program

R/V Atlantic Explorer

3-Nov-2020 St. George's, Bermuda
8-Nov-2020 St. George's, Bermuda  

Particle flux time-series. Activities include mooring turnaround, CTD, and may include water smapling (bottles, in situ pumps), surface sediment sampling.

Assist with sampling and lab activities on cruise, specifics depend upon skill set of volunteer. Expect volunteer to participate with pre-cruise mobilization ( 2 days prior to cruise) and demob (1 day after cruise).

Application Deadline: 15-May-2020

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Fall 2020 Deployment Operations Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Endurance Array

R/V Sikuliaq

3-Sep-2020 Depart Newport, Oregon
8-July-2020 Honolulu, Hawaii  

We will deploy and recover oceanographic moorings, profilers and gliders off Washington and Oregon as part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Endurance Array. Seven surface moorings will be deployed and recovered along with up to four profilers and six gliders. We will also acquire CTD casts (with bottle sampling) and underway ship data for comparison to deployed equipment

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 overseeing acquisition of CTD and/or underway ship data for comparison to mooring data, assisting with the mechanical integration (breakdown) of deployed (recovered) moorings, and aid in deploying and recovering gliders.

Application Deadline: 3-Aug-2020

Click here to apply