SCINI-Penguin is an NSF funded project to study food web interactions of Adelie penguins, minke and killer whales, crystal krill and silver fish. Using an ROV we will sample before and after the icebreaker cuts open the 20 km channel from the ice edge to McMurdo Station and enables penguins and whales to feed on crystal krill exposed by the opened ice. This project will be a baseline study necessary to start a multi-disciplinary investigation before top predators are removed from the system as has occured in most other ecosystems on the planet. Click here to learn more about this ongoing project.
ICEAGED is an NSF funded project to study long term ecological change in Antarctic seafloor communities. Using an ROV and SCUBA, we will be collating research initiated 47 years ago by our collaborator Paul Dayton at Scripps. Our legacy will be a database that will provide a baseline and inform future benthic work in the region. Read about recruitment, growth, and mortality of an Antarctic hexactinellid sponge here. Click here to learn more about this project.
SCINI is a three year NSF grant to develop a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for deployment in Antarctica to study the sea floor. Click here to go to the SCINI website.