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Dr. Rhian Waller is a professor of Marine Sciences at the Darling Marine Center (University of Maine, USA) and specializes in the ecology of deep-sea and cold-water organisms, particularly corals. Rhian has led or participated in over 40 international research and exploration cruises and expeditions to some of the most remote parts of the planet, and has published over 30 scientific papers and book chapters in her 9 year career. She is passionate about educating the next generation of scientists, and conserving our little known deep-sea and polar ecosystems to be studied and enjoyed in the future.

Patagonian Corals Expedition 2013: Rainforests of the Ocean

Rhian Waller reflects on the past few weeks on expedition, and talks about why corals are so important for health on this planet.

Patagonian Corals Expedition 2013: A Day in the “Office”

Getting close to the end of the expedition, Rhian Waller takes you on a tour of what a day in the life is like while on expedition.

Patagonian Corals Expedition 2013: Peering Into the Darkness

Rhian Waller leads an expedition to explore coral ecology in the Patagonian fjords: The rain keeps coming, but luck is on our side when looking for data collecting devices left over a year ago- in near zero visibility!

Patagonian Corals Expedition 2013: When It Rains, It Pours

Marine field expeditions rarely run smoothly, and this one is no exception. Read about an ‘eventful’ first day of diving during the Patagonian Corals expedition!

Patagonian Corals Expedition 2013: Getting Ready to Go South!

Dr. Rhian Waller and Dr. Laura Grange prepare to head out to the Chilean Patagonian fjords to explore the region for new coral locations – follow along on the expedition!

Clear Cutting the Seafloor: Deep-Sea Trawling

As debate rages in the European Union on how to regulate, and eventually phase out and ban deep-sea trawling, I am reminded of my many deep-sea cruises. Looking for cold-water corals in the depths of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Antarctic, often thousands of meters below the oceans surface, there is almost always a reminder that…

Alaska Coral 2013: Back to the Lab!

After a week of collecting samples of deep sea corals in the fjords of Alaska, Rhian Waller hangs up her wetsuit and busts out the microscope to see what she’s found.

Alaska Coral Expedition: Snow, Ice, Corals and Earthquakes!

Ice moves in and creates thrilling scenery and slight complications for Rhian Waller and team on their search for deep-sea corals in Alaskan fjords.

Alaska Coral Expedition Days 1-3: Setting Sights on, and in, Tracy Arm Fjord

The expedition gets underway as Rhian Waller and team dive at the base of 4,000ft Alaskan mountains in search of corals usually only found in the deep sea.

Alaska Coral Expedition: Heading into Stephens Passage

Follow Dr. Rhian Waller and colleagues this January into the Southeastern Alaskan fjords on the last expedition of the series to understand more about the unique corals that live here.

Cannibal Lobsters!

  The humble Maine Lobster has been exposed as a cannibal. University of Maine graduate student Noah Oppenheim and advisor Dr. Rick Wahle presented work at “The American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem” symposium in Portland, Maine this last week, that showed lobsters prey on themselves in the wild. This phenomena had been seen in…

Willow the White Whale

Above video from Barcroft TV. Like a scene from Moby Dick, a rare white whale was spotted off the coast of Spitsbergen in Norway by maritime engineer Dan Fisher of the UK. Swimming alongside a pod of other, regular grey humpback whales, this whale likely has a condition called leucism, which causes a reduction in…

Iron Fertilization: Savior to Climate Change or Ocean Dumping?

Unbeknownst to most scientists until a few days ago, two hundred thousand pounds of iron sulphate were dumped into North Pacific Ocean in July, with the aim to trigger a large plankton bloom. This experiment was conducted by the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation, under the direction of businessman Russ George. Why dump this dirty brown powder…

Ada Lovelace Day Celebrates Women in Science

    Today, the 16th of October, is Ada Lovelace Day. You’d be forgiven for not having heard of Ada Lovelace, or of this celebration each October. It’s one of the more unusual dates, but if you’re one of the many (yet still minority of) women in science, this is a day you recognize, and…

What Happens At the Poles: Lowest Arctic Sea Ice on Record

  This year has seen the Arctic sea ice sheet melt further, and faster, than has ever been seen before in human history – a whopping 760,000 square kilometers less than ever recorded (which is 3.29 million square kilometers below the average minimum). Though images of polar bears and walrus stranded on melting ice-cubes pop…