Our research vessel R/V Australis provides a flexible, relatively low-cost research platform and logistical support to National Antarctic Programs, Institutions, Laboratories and other peer-reviewed projects. Each year for nearly two decades, our science-support capability has grown and is now a significant part of our operations. Here are some of the projects to receive our support:
Australian Antarctic Division
For more than a decade we’ve played an integral role supporting the pioneering research into seabird mortality by Dr Graham Robertson, seabird ecologist with the Australian Antarctic Division. As a result of this work, Graham has recently been awarded a prestigious Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship. Congratulations Graham!
View project details at: AAD Research
Malaysian Antarctic Research Program
When the Malaysian Antarctic Research Program was looking for cost-effective logistical support for their inaugural dedicated Antarctic research cruise, they chose Ocean Expeditions. The main research focus was to determine the effect that Antarctic climate change has on the lives and economies of those living in the tropics. The projects didn’t require the support of icebreakers or other large vessels and the results have the Malaysian team keen to return in the following seasons.
View project details at: UTM Antarctic Research
Turkish Antarctic Research Program
The Turkish Antarctic Research Program has been active in Antarctica since the 19960’s, however had never put together their own research voyage… until now! In 2017 it begun, and with the support of the R/V Australis, the expedition included physical sampling of planktons, algae, benthos, distributed over a distance of 2000 nautical miles along the West Antarctic Peninsula. During the expedition, surveying and mapping on land, approximately 2 (two) million square meters of location, a number of points for satellite validation and ground-truthing as well as around 1 million square meters of bathymetric surveying at the adjoining locations were conducted. Bathymetric surveys were jointly conducted by the TAE- I members and the crew of the R/V Australis. The expedition reached until 67°56’ South along the Peninsula..
View project details at: PolRec Turkish Antarctic Research
Belgian Antarctic Research Voyage
In the framework of the RECTO project funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office, the expedition aims at carrying out a biodiversity census in the Western Antarctic Peninsula in March 2018, and to test-case the potential for an agile sampling platform R/V Australis. The expedition bears a strong historic link to the first scientific expedition to overwinter in Antarctica in 1897-99 recording the first intertidal biodiversity data, 120 years ago. This historic expedition was led by Adrien de Gerlache, onboard the RV Belgica.
View project details at: Belgica 120 Antarctic Research voyage
View project details at: Recto / vERSO projects
Leopard Seal Acoustics
R/V Australis supported the acoustic work of Marlee Tucker from the Rogers / Mammal lab at University of New South Whales – UNSW to both record and play back calls to calculate density of seals present on the antarctic peninsula. The calls recorded can be used to calculate the density of seals present and related back to environmental features that are important to the seals, such as key foraging areas.
View project details at: Marleetucker – fieldwork