Graph showing responses to the question of how the pandemic has affected students.

Hilary Kates Varghese and Liz Weidner joined with two students from other universities to publish an Acoustics Today article about the impact of the pandemic on students. Although their focus is on the Acoustical Society of America's student community, their findings surely apply to students across all disciplines. 


Image giving details of the virtual seminar and an image of a blue, acoustic-related textile.

On Thursday, April 15, join CCOM research professor Jenn Miksis-Olds and artist Lindsay Olson for a discussion about bridging the worlds of art and underwater sound. Click through and join the conversation at 12:00 p.m. EDT. 

Title card for the VORC video with P in P of Roland Arsenault in the corner.

At the end of 2020, Roland Arsenault teamed up with Coral Moreno and Val Schmidt to compete in the Virtual Ocean Robotics Challenge. After a lot of work, they finished in 1st place against teams from around the world! 

Andy Armstrong with laptop in a ship's lab space.

Congratulations to JHC co-director Andy Armstrong who has been awarded a Department of Commerce Gold Medal by NOAA for his contributions to delineate the U.S. extended continental shelf. 

Larry Mayer speaking.

Congratulations to CCOM Director Larry Mayer on being elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. The AGU Fellows are global leaders and experts who have made invaluable contributions the understanding of geosciences.

CCOM/JHC in the News

UNH Today
Apr. 8, 2021

New software, developed by an international team led by CCOM research professors Jenn Miksis-Olds and Tony Lyons, will help build a global repository of ocean sounds. The data will be used to compare the "usual" noise of the ocean with the sudden quiet that came from human activities being curtailed during the pandemic.

Monterey Herald
Feb. 27, 2021

CCOM director Larry Mayer discusses the development and benefits of Saildrone, a remotely controlled sailboat that maps the ocean floor, collects DNA samples, and transmits real-time data to scientists.

Scientific American
Feb. 25, 2021

CCOM Research Professor Jen Miksis-Olds weighs in on innovative ways to reduce noise in the ocean soundscape.

Upcoming and Recent Seminars

Sampriti Bhattacharyya and Reo Baird


Friday, Apr. 23, 2021, 3:10pm
Dr. Emma Cotter

Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2021, 3:10pm
Dr. Dawn Wright
Chief Scientist


Friday, Apr. 9, 2021, 3:10pm

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URGE (Unlearning Racism in GEosciences) is a curriculum (8 sessions) focused on providing tools and resources to help Geoscientists develop policies that improve accessibility, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and community. In response to URGE, members of CCOM/JHC, the Center for Ocean Engineering, and SMSOE have formed an URGE pod called the Ocean Mapping and Engineering (OME) pod.