Happy New Year everyone! I’m excited to announce the first meeting of 2014: Jeremy Potter from NOAA will be presenting on his experiences with the Office of Ocean Exploration on deep sea expeditions. This promises to be a very interesting talk.
NOTE: Because New Year’s Day is the first Wednesday of the month, we’ll meet on the following Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
Here are some details about Jeremy and his presentation:
Ocean Exploration: How technological advances are driving more collaborative exploration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) established the Office of Ocean Exploration (OE) in 2001 as a focal point for exploring unknown and poorly known ocean areas and phenomena in support of NOAA and national priorities specific to marine science and marine resource management. The mission of OE is to evolve and sustain a national program and multifaceted capability to explore the world’s ocean, and to provide cutting-edge products and services that provide an accessible legacy of information—information that others can build upon. By investigating new areas and phenomena and catalyzing key research to transform discoveries to useful knowledge, the OE provides a foundation of information to help the Nation respond to new and emerging issues.
The informal talk will provide a high level overview of some of OE’s most complex deep sea expeditions from around the globe and describe how advances in technology are making scientists rethink their approach to exploring the ocean. The presentation will include underwater video and still imagery from expeditions in the Gulf of Mexico, Arctic, and Indonesia.
Jeremy Potter grew up in the great ocean state of West Virginia. Immediately after college, he became nervous about beginning law school and ran off to Alaska to work as an observer in the Bering Sea crab fishery, and later as an instructor and school bus driver at the Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium. In 1997, he again ran from graduate school to spend one year teaching English in a remote Japanese fishing village. Three years later, he returned to the US to pursue graduate work in international environmental politics, facilitation, and negotiation. His fascination with the deep sea led him to NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration (OE). He has spend most of his 11-year federal career organizing major expeditions to explore the deep ocean. Many of these took place off the southeast US, Gulf of Mexico, Arctic, and in the Western Pacific.