14 March 2022
Azores UW Hydrothermal Vents
Location: Azores

Berths: Minimum three berths

Duration/timing: 1 week between 16 May- 16 June 2022

Necessary equipment:
Small RIB for access to dive sites. 2 sets of dive equipment

10 November 2021
Coral reefs of the Twilight Zone
Location: Cuba and all regions of North Caribbean

Berths: Minimum four (ideally six)

Duration/timing: 2-4 weeks

Necessary equipment:
Small RIB for access to dive sites. Four (ideally six) sets of scuba equipment

9 November 2021
Save Eagle Island
Location: British Overseas Territory, BIOT Chagos

Berths: 4 – 7

Duration/timing: 4 weeks

Necessary equipment:
Tenders, workspace for botanical samples, storage for drones

8 September 2021
Mediterranean White Shark Search
Location: Sicilian Channel

Berths: 8

Duration/timing: 15th May - 15th June 2022 (2-3 Weeks)

Necessary equipment:
Ideally a motor yacht 100ft+, agile tenders for eDNA sampling and BRUV deployments, deck space for handling sampling equipment, filming and tagging, refrigerated space for storing barrels of tuna and dolphin bait.

18 May 2021
Species Interactions & Reef Recovery
Location:Great Barrier Reef, Australia (Central Townsville)

Berths: Minimum 4 berths

Duration/timing: Any two week period between Oct 2021 - Apr 2022 & particularly March to April 2022 (late austral summer) could be very interesting as there may be a bleaching event during that time.

Necessary equipment:
A diving compressor, dive tanks & dive weights.

18 May 2021
Sharks, Rays & Seabirds
Location: British Indian Ocean

Berths: Minimum 2 berths

Duration/timing: We are reasonably flexible on timing. Scientific expeditions in BIOT are usually conducted between January and April, when the weather is more favourable to work.

Necessary equipment:
We require a dry space (desk or table) for laptops and to charge lithium ion batteries. In addition we require storage for the drones and control station:
Three Pelicases (25 kg-57'' x 21'' x 12'')
One Pelicase (25 kg–30 '' x 25'' x 20''

11 February 2021
Location: Cancún or de Turk and Caicos Islands.

Berths: Two or Three

Duration/timing: April-October 2022

Necessary equipment:  Two tables to install our equipment inside, an energy plug and space for a small  freezer and one for a fridge, and space on deck for 3-4 20L water tanks connected to a seawater pump.
11 February 2021
Untethered free-vehicles
Location: Nine stations along the Puerto Rico Trench axis (approx. 19.75 N) from 68 W to 64 W in 50 km increments

Berths: Two – Three

Duration/timing: Flexible, ideally March to June are typically best for weather and seas.

Necessary equipment:  Crane/A-frame/Davit capable of lifting and retrieving FV (~ 100 kg and 3 m length),  Space on deck for 3-4 crates (~1x1x2 m), Weather-tight (and preferably climate controlled) lab space near work deck. Onboard satellite internet for GPS transponder messages a plus but can be provided by the project. All project tools will be provided .
11 February 2021
Sargassum Blooms
Location: Caribbean/Tropical Atlantic regions

Berths: Two researchers

Duration/timing: Flexible between January 2021 and May 2021

Necessary equipment:  5 GPS devices and floats (supplied by us), camera (or phone) to take photo of the bloom that the GPS tracker was deployed on and GPS to record the location from where it was deployed.
10 February 2021
Marine Phytoplankton
Location: Sargasso Sea, South Pacific, Centre of the Indian ocean

Type of vessel: Sailing boat course I cannot go on traditional research vessels because they too emit combustion aerosols that would contaminate my incubation experiments. So I must find a way to sail to these remote ocean areas!

Berths: 2 berths (for myself and an assistant)

Duration/timing:  3-5 days between Feb. 2021 and before Feb. 2020

Necessary equipment: Sunlit space on deck to set up a ship board flow thru incubator (1x1x0.5 m) and space and power source for a small Masterflex® Peristaltic Pump (~0.2x0.2 m footprint); space to store 2 action packers and 1 cooler, each ~0.7X0.5x0.5m
8 February 2021
Giant Manta Rays
Location: Maldives

Berths: Two to four

Duration/timing: First quarter of 2022 for oceanic manta rays, all year-round for Reef manta rays

Necessary equipment:
 None, but a manned submersible and crew would be a plus

8 February 2021
Deep Scattering Layers
Location: The Mediterranean and Caribbean - We can use data from almost anywhere that is > 500m deep

Berths: One, two or none, depending on the crew’s experience with echo sounders

Duration/timing: Ideally a month or more, but shorter periods may be useful

Necessary equipment:
Vessel to be equipped with echosounders capable of logging watercoloumn data. Simrad EK60 systems are used by choice, but there is potential to log data from a variety of other manufacturers.