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), 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


Key Microbial Processes in Oxygen Minimum Zones: From In Situ Community Rate Measurements to Single Cells

  • PI: Maria Pachiadaki, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
  • Co-PI: Virginia P. Edgcomb, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
  • Co-PI: Gordon Taylor, Stony Brook University, New York (SUNY)
  • Vessel: R/V ATLANTIS
  • Start Port: February 7th, 2023 - Puentarenas, Costa Rica
  • End Port: March 17th, 2023 - Puentarenas, Costa Rica
  • Application Deadline: November 25, 2022

Announcing an opportunity for a student volunteer aboard R/V ATLANTIS taking place February 7th through March 17th, departing and returning to Puentarenas, Costa Rica. The opportunity is open to students that are U.S. based, have a passport and able to travel to Costa Rica. There is at this time, no necessary quarantine period for COVID-19. Interested students should supply the following to the project Principle Investigator, Maria Pachiadaki at mpachiadaki@whoi.edu by 11/25/2022. Travel funds may be available for the selected participant.

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

https://www.bco-dmo.org/project/828777

Description of the Research Project

Oxygen availability shapes the distributions and activities of marine organisms. Ongoing human activities and climate change are expected to lead to expansion and intensification of already large oxygen-stressed areas of the coastal and open ocean. Decreases in ocean oxygen have significant ecological consequences, including habitat loss for migratory and bottom-dwelling organisms, modification of the marine food web, and production of trace gases with pronounced feedbacks on climate, such as methane and nitrous oxide. Intense chemical cycling by microorganisms occurs in oxygen-depleted marine habitats. However, a full understanding of the consequences for marine ecosystems is hampered by limited knowledge of actual rates of key microbiological processes and dynamics of the microorganisms mediating them. This study combines novel methods and sampling techniques to understand how these processes are influenced by changes in oxygen concentration to inform predictions of important chemical exchanges within a changing ocean and its production of climate-active gases.

Summary of Field Work

Fieldwork consists of multiple floating mooring deployments, Niskin rosette deployments, and use of PI provided water column sampler (MS-SID) on the CTD wire. The MS-SID is lighter than a Niskin rosette and has been used on Oceanus and Atlantis previously. Two smaller devices (IPS) will be deployed on a mooring. MOCNESS tows will be performed as well as sediment sampling (with a multicorer or a box corer).


Two scientists in work vests and safety gear deploy a yellow glider off the deck of a vessel while being filmed by another person.

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

Application Deadline: December 31st, 2022

Announcing an opportunity for 2 student volunteers for the Spring 2023 Deployment Operations Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Endurance Array aboard the R/V SIKULIAQ. This cruise leaves from Newport, OR on March 8th, loading the vessel March 6th-March 7th, before returning to Newport once again on March 23rd. The cruise will consist of approximately 1-week legs with one day in port in between legs. Unload will happen on March 24th.  The opportunity is open to students that are U.S. based, and able to travel to Oregon. There is, at this time, no necessary quarantine period for COVID-19. Interested students should supply the following to opportunities@unols.org by December 31st, 2022. Travel funds may be available for the selected participant.

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

https://oceanobservatories.org/

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).


Three scientists in work vests and safety gear stand over a mooring sensor package on deck of a ship.

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 opportunities@unols.org 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.

https://oceanobservatories.org/

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).