Lindsay McKenna standing with her back to the ship's rail with the entrance to the Panama Canal in the distance.

If you've ever wondered what it's like to go through the Panama Canal on a world-class research vessel, you're in luck because Physical Scientist Lindsay McKenna took pictures! NOAA Ship of Exploration Okeanos Explorer passed through the canal on May 12, heading west to a mapping mission in the Pacific.

See more of Lindsay's canal photos here>>

Learn more about Tropical Exploration 2015 here>>

Cover and open spread of the executive summary. The cover shows an image of a sunken ship.

The 2014 JHC/CCOM Executive Summary is now available for on-line viewing. Enjoy!

Larry Mayer talking on 60 minutes.

CCOM Director Dr. Larry Mayer appeared on 60 Minutes in a segment about Robert Ballard and our unexplored oceans.

Several of our students participated in the first ever School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. Ashley Norton, Scott Loranger and Eric Bajor spoke, and Kelly Nifong presented a poster.

Dan Bolan, a data management intern aboard the Okeanos Explorer, wrote an entry to the ship's Mission Log about how the vast quanitites of expedition data are managed.

CCOM/JHC in the News

Apr. 22, 2015

The existence of thousands of seamounts is the number one thing on this list. Jim Gardner is quoted in this article that features the 2014 discovery of a seamount near the Johnson Atoll.

Foster's Daily Democrat
Mar. 17, 2015

Strafford Hill Library SeaPerch Teams traveled to the UNH Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Building March 16 to test out their ROV submarines and try some obstacles in preparation for the statewide competition April 11. 

NOAA's Coast Survey Blog
Mar. 6, 2015

The NOAA Association of Commissioned Officers has conferred the Science Award to recent graduate Lieutenant Commander Briana Welton for her thesis work, “A Field Method for Backscatter Calibration Applied to NOAA’s Reson 7125 Multibeam Echo-Sounder.”

Upcoming and Recent Seminars

Ashley Norton
Ph.D. Proposal Defense

Natural Resource and Earth System Science

Thursday, May. 28, 2015, 2:00pm
Han Hu
M.S. Thesis Defense

Ocean Engineering

Tuesday, May. 26, 2015, 9:30am
Annette deCharon
Senior Marine Education Scientist

University of Maine

Friday, May. 1, 2015, 3:00pm

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