Deep-Sea Exploration with the E/V Nautilus: Program Overview, Highlights, and Opportunities

Nicole A. Raineault, Ph.D.
Director of Science Operations

Ocean Exploration Trust

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, 3:00pm
Chase 130

The mission of the Ocean Exploration Trust is to explore previously unexplored or under-explored areas of the ocean to make new discoveries in the deep sea. To further this goal we work with scientists and engineers to develop cutting edge technologies that push the boundaries of technology and communications. An important aspect of our mission is to share our exploration with people around the world via telepresence. Ship-to-shore satellite communications and streaming of the remotely operated vehicle video and seafloor mapping via the web not only engages the general public, but also allows an extended science team to take part in our expeditions from shore. This presentation will provide an introduction to the Nautilus Exploration Program, highlights from past seasons, and a preview of the upcoming season. It will also include information on how students, faculty, and others can become involved.


Nicole Raineault is the Director of Science Operations for the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET). She has been working with the OET aboard the E/V Nautilus since 2009 in many capacities including Navigator, Data Manager, Expedition Leader, and Chief Scientist. Nicole is a marine geologist with degrees in marine science (University of Maine, B.S.), oceanography (Rutgers, M.S.), and geology (University of Delaware, Ph.D.). She recently completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. Her research interests include seafloor sediment morphology and use of combined technologies to characterize seafloor geology and habitat.