UNOLS Cruise Opportunity Program

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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), and at this time the UNOLS Office is unable to provide travel funds; however your advisor or institution may have some ideas.

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!

To apply, please review the opportunity listed below and fill out an application form by the deadline listed. 

To be notified when new cruise opportunities become available, please sign up for the Cruise Opportunity email list

Available Cruise Opportunities

Cruise Title: Spring 2019 Deployment Operations Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Endurance Array

PI:  Ed Dever (edever@coas.oregonstate.edu)

Cruise Description/Volunteer Responsibilities: We will deploy and recover oceanographic moorings, profilers and gliders off Washington and Oregon as part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Endurance Array. Seven surface moorings will be deployed and recovered along with up to four profilers and six gliders.  We will also acquire CTD casts (with bottle sampling) and underway ship data for comparison to deployed equipment.

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 overseeing acquisition of CTD and/or underway ship data for comparison to mooring data, assisting with the mechanical integration (breakdown) of deployed (recovered) moorings, and aid in deploying and recovering gliders.

Ship: R/V Sikuliaq

Number of Bunks Available: 1

Dates and Ports: 04/26/2019 (Newport, OR ) to 05/11/2019 (Newport, OR)

Application Deadline: 02/26/2019

Cruise Title: Testing of "Flippin' Chisolo" Autonomous Turbulence Profiler

PI:  Jim Moum (jnmoum@gmail.com)

Cruise Description/Volunteer Responsibilities: Continuous turbulence profiling of the upper ocean with Chameleon shipboard turbulence profiler whilst following 2 newly-developed autonomous turbulence profilers built by OSU Ocean Mixing Group working with colleagues from Scripps Inst. of Ocean.

Ship: R/V Oceanus

Number of Bunks Available: 1

Dates and Ports: 05/15/2019 (Newport, OR) to 05/21/2019 (Newport, OR)

Application Deadline: 03/01/2019

Cruise Title: OOI Spring Pioneer

PI: Al Plueddemann (aplueddemann@whoi.edu)

Cruise Description/Volunteer Responsibilities: Service Pioneer Array Moorings, Volunteer will help with Mooring Turns, CTDs, Glider Ops, AUV ops, ROV ops.

Ship: R/V Neil Armstrong

Number of Bunks Available: 1

Dates and Ports: 4/4/2019 (Woods Hole, MA ) to 4/24/2019 (Woods Hole, MA )

Application Deadline: 03/04/2019

 

Cruise Title: ZEPHYR- Zooming in on Enzymatic PhosphoHYdrolysis Reactions

PI: Julia Diaz (j2diaz@ucsd.edu)

Cruise Description/ Volunteer Responsibilities: Our objectives on the ZEPHYR cruise is to examine the transformation of specific representative forms of dissolved phosphorus along a nutrient gradient in the South Atlantic Bight. We will conduct on-deck incubations, 33P radiotracer analyses, fluorescence-based enzyme activity assays, and a variety of in situ sampling from the CTD rosette. The volunteer graduate student would be expected to contribute to the collection, preservation, and catologing of samples, assisting with deck ops, and other science activities, as needed.

Ship: R/V Savannah

Number of bunks available: 1

Dates and Ports: 03/31/2019 (Savannah, GA) to 04/12/2019 (Savannah, GA)

Application Deadline: 03/19/2019

Cruise Title: OOI Irminger

PI:  Sheri White (swhite@whoi.edu)

Cruise Description/Volunteer Responsibilities: Service OOI CGSN Irminger Global Site, Volunteer will help with mooring turns, CTDs, glider ops

Ship: R/V Neil Armstrong

Number of Bunks Available: 1

Dates and Ports: 08/02/2019 (Reykjavik, Iceland) to 08/25/2019 (Woods Hole, MA)

Application Deadline: 06/02/2019

Cruise Title: Axial 3-D - Exploring the linkages between complex magma chamber structure, caldera dynamics, fluid pathways and hydrothermal venting

PI: Adrien Arnulf

Cruise Description/Volunteer Responsibilities: Participants will participate in ship activities including data collection, equipment deployment, onboard data processing and ship reading groups 

Ship: R/V/ Marcus Langseth

Number of Bunks Available: 8

Dates and Ports: July 9- August 12; We are slated to port in and out of Astoria, OR but the port of call is subject to some change to another pacific northwest port. 

Application Deadline: May 31, 2019

Cruise Title: OOI Papa

PI:  Kris Newhall (knewhall@whoi.edu)

Cruise Description/Volunteer Responsibilities: Service Papa Array, mooring turns, CTDs, glider ops

Ship: R/V Sikuliaq

Number of Bunks Available: 1

Dates and Ports: 09/15/2019 (Newport, OR ) to 10/02/2019 (Newport, OR)

Application Deadline: 07/15/2019 

Cruise Title: OOI Fall Pioneer

PI:  Sheri White (swhite@whoi.edu)

Cruise Description/Volunteer Responsibilities: Service Pioneer Array Moorings, Volunteer will help with Mooring Turns, CTDs, Glider Ops, AUV ops, ROV ops.

Ship: R/V Neil Armstrong

Number of Bunks Available: 1

Dates and Ports: 09/25/2019 (Woods Hole, MA ) to 10/15/2019 (Woods Hole, MA)

Application Deadline: 07/25/2019

Cruise Title: Fall 2019 Deployment Operations Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Endurance Array

PI:  Ed Dever (edever@coas.oregonstate.edu)

Cruise Description/Volunteer Responsibilities: We will deploy and recover oceanographic moorings, profilers and gliders off Washington and Oregon as part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Endurance Array. Seven surface moorings will be deployed and recovered along with up to four profilers and six gliders.  We will also acquire CTD casts (with bottle sampling) and underway ship data for comparison to deployed equipment.

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 overseeing acquisition of CTD and/or underway ship data for comparison to mooring data, assisting with the mechanical integration (breakdown) of deployed (recovered) moorings, and aid in deploying and recovering gliders.

Ship: R/V Sikuliaq

Number of Bunks Available: 1

Dates and Ports: 10/2/2019 (Newport, OR ) to 10/17/2019 (Newport, OR)

Application Deadline: 08/02/2019