Science Videos

The Biological Pump

This minute and a half animation explains how carbon dioxide is taken up by the ocean from the atmosphere due to sinking organic particles.


Sediment trap tests in Monterey Bay on the R/V John Martin

In July 2018 we tested new sediment traps with Meg Estapa (Skidmore) in preparation for the EXPORTS research cruise.

Videos created during the 2013 DeepDOM cruise in the South Atlantic Ocean

Ocean Particles Big and Small

A very large particle was collected in our sediment trap, deployed during the DeepDOM cruise in the south Atlantic ocean. These sediment traps are designed to collect microscopic sinking particles.  Although the big particles are very exciting to recover on the ship, the microscopy creatures we are studying have a huge influence on the earth’s environment and all the large creatures living there.

 How to tie a Bowline

A useful knot to know.

 Talking to Whales

While retrieving sediment traps in the south Atlantic ocean we had a unexpected encounter, and an accoutic conversation, with a group of pilot whales.  Narrated by Dr. Ben Van Mooy.

The CTD Rosette

The CTD rosette is the most important piece of equipment used by oceangraphers. Evan Howard explains how we use it to detect and sample different layers of water in the ocean.

Neptune’s Realm

An aerial view of the South Atlantic Ocean and the place of R/V Knorr within it, featuring Erin Eggleston.  Footage by Captain Seamans during the DeepDOM cruise.

Team SeaFlow: 100 years at the microscope

Gwenn Hennon measured microscopic phytoplankton as the research vessel sails across the South Atlantic Ocean.

More Videos

Identifying the sponge signature on coral reefs

Sponges can filter most of the water on coral reefs.  Cara Fiore wants to find out how sponges influence the water chemistry on coral reefs, and how the bacteria that live inside sponges affect this chemistry.  This film was created for Cara’s crowd-funded project at

Finding good and evil in the marsh

An invasive marsh grass has spread across North America.  Dr. Wally Fullweiler wants to know how this new member of the salt marsh environment influences the ecosystem, and what her research discovered was surprising.

Jellyfish: a lifetime of observations

Dr. Claudia Mills has been observing jellyfish populations at Friday Harbor, Washington for the past 35 years. These animals have lead to important scientific discoveries, but we still know very little about their ecology. Observations like Dr. Mills’ are important in order to understand how the ocean is changing.