Deep-Sea Exploration with the E/V Nautilus: 2015 Season Highlights and Upcoming Opportunities

Nicole Raineault, Ph.D.
Director of Science Operations

Ocean Exploration Trust

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, 3:00pm
Chase 130

The 2015 Exploration Vessel Nautilus season spanned six months and two oceans. From the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean, this presentation will highlight recent exploration of the Galapagos Rift and Platform and the California Borderland, the development of new cutting edge technologies, and the use of telepresence to further our scientific and educational goals. It will also include information on how students, faculty, and others can become involved in the 2016 Nautilus expedition.


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 completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography in 2014. Her research interests include seafloor sediment morphology and use of combined technologies to characterize seafloor geology and habitat.