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Exploring the deep

I have more than twenty years of experience in exploring the deep ocean, including leading expeditions aboard research ships, using Human-Occupied Vehicles (HOVs) and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), and discovering new species of deep-sea animals.

I have explored undersea volcanic vents in the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian & Southern Oceans; the seafloor earthquake zone that triggered the 2004 tsunami; hotspots of deep-sea life in the Gulf of Mexico; and underwater mountains around Antarctica. These voyages have included working with film-makers for the BBC, National Geographic, and Discovery Channel.

No human eye had glimpsed this part of the planet before us, this pitch-black country lighted only by the pale gleam of an occasional spiralling shrimp.

Otis Barton, The World Beneath The Sea (1953)

Expeditions

June 2017


Surveying the marine life of the southwest UK using a microROV, in the 6th year of an annual collaborative project with the Natural History Museum.





December 2016


Diving around the Antarctic Peninsula with human-occupied vehicles (HOVs), as part of filming for the BBC's Blue Planet II & an IMAX movie for Alucia Productions.


This expedition included the first dives by human-occupied vehicles to 1 km (0.62 miles) deep in the Antarctic.





June 2015


Surveying the marine life of the southwest UK using a microROV, in the 4th year of an annual collaborative project with the Natural History Museum.




August 2014


Exploring some of the world's shallowest hydrothermal vents, on the north coast of Iceland, using a microROV in an expedition led by Adrian Glover of the Natural History Museum.




June 2014


Surveying the marine life of the southwest UK using a microROV, in the 3rd year of an annual collaborative project with the Natural History Museum.




June-July 2013


RV Yokosuka Voyage YK13-05, led by by Prof Ken Takai of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), investigating deep-sea vents in the Cayman Trough with the Shinkai6500 manned submersible.


This expedition included the first dive by a human-occupied vehicle to the world's deepest known hydrothermal vents (depth ~5 km / 3.1 miles).





June 2013


Surveying the marine life of the southwest UK using a microROV, in the 2nd year of an annual collaborative project with the Natural History Museum.




February 2013


Principal Scientist, RRS James Cook Voyage 82, leading the exploration of deep-sea vents in the Cayman Trough with the Isis ROV.






June 2012


Surveying the marine life of the southwest UK using a microROV, in the 1st year of an annual collaborative project with the Natural History Museum.




November-December 2011


Principal Scientist, RRS James Cook Voyage 67, leading the first ROV exploration of deep-sea vents on the Southwest Indian Ridge (depth ~2.8 km).





July-August 2011


RV Celtic Explorer Voyage CE11009, exploring the first deep-sea vents detected on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge north of the Azores (depth ~3 km).


This expedition included filming for National Geographic's Alien Deep.





January-February 2011


RRS James Cook Voyage 55, surveying deep-sea vents in the Antarctic.




March-April 2010


RRS James Cook Voyage 44, exploring the world's deepest undersea volcanic rift, in the Cayman Trough of the Caribbean Sea.





January-February 2010


RRS James Cook Voyage 42, investigating deep-sea vents in the Southern Ocean, with the Isis ROV.


This expedition included filming for National Geographic's Alien Deep.





January-February 2009


RRS James Clark Ross Voyage 224, exploring undersea volcanoes in the Southern Ocean.





May 2005


Sumatra Earthquake and Tsunami Offshore Survey in the Indian Ocean, as part of filming for Darlow-Smithson's Unstoppable Wave (BBC / ProSieben) and America's Tsunami: Are We Next? (Discovery Channel).





November 2004


Working at deep-sea vents on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (depth ~3.6 km) with the Jason-2 ROV.





November 2003


Diving to Gulf of Mexico cold seeps in the Johnson Sealink submersible.





February-April 2003


Autosub Under Ice expedition to the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica, aboard the RRS James Clark Ross.





February 2003


Diving to Gulf of Mexico cold seeps in the Johnson Sealink submersible.





March 2002


Investigating cold seeps in the Gulf of Mexico.




April 1998


RRS Charles Darwin Voyage 120 to the NE Atlantic.




September-October 1995


Diving to deep-sea vents in the NE Pacific in the US Navy's DSV Sea Cliff.





July-September 1994


British-Russian Atlantic Vents Expedition 1994 (BRAVEX/94) with the Russian Academy of Sciences.




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