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Discover Life Aboard the Research Vessel, E/V Nautilus, with HRPK Estuary Lab

October 6

Have you ever wondered what lives deep in our oceans? Or wanted to ask a marine scientist what it’s like to conduct research out at sea? This week you can, as Carrie Roble, the Director of Science and Stewardship of Hudson River Park’s Estuary Lab is aboard the E/V Nautilus.

The E/V Nautilus is an ocean exploration vessel equipped with state of the art ocean technology, including remote operated vehicles (ROVs) that can dive deeper than humans are able. Aboard the ship, scientists are studying everything about the ocean: the animals and plants, the chemistry and water quality, the landscape of the ocean floor, shipwrecks, and more. Expeditions like this build an increased understanding of the open ocean through the work of research vessels and adventurous scientists.

Carrie is serving as a Science Communication Fellow aboard the E/V Nautilus during an expedition to the Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries, two urban marine sanctuaries off the coast of San Francisco. Carrie will be supporting scientists as they map and characterize fish habitats, species and communities in a deep-water habitat that has never been explored. Data will be collected using ROVs along with deep-sea mapping, to help inform assessments on resources and future sanctuary management plans work that aligns with HRPK Estuary Lab’s efforts here in NYC.

Something that also makes the E/V Nautilus special is its commitment to making science accessible to the public, and thus anyone can sign up to participate in a Ship to Shore Interaction. During these live video conferences,  Science Communication Fellows, such as Carrie, share live footage from the vessel. You can also tune into the vessel live at any time to learn about the research being conducted.

You might also recognize the E/V Nautilus Ship to Shore Interactions from HRPK’s SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival, where scientists called in for a live Q&A with festival participants. This week, we are also excited to have students from the Dual Language Middle School join a Ship to Shore interaction with Carrie following an Estuary Lab field trip program.

Want to learn more about science and research HRPK’s Estuary Lab scientists are conducting right in your west side backyard? Explore our current River Research.