Dr. Eric Vetter, Hawai’i Pacific University

ericEric Vetter earned his PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1995 and is currently a Professor of Oceanography at Hawaii Pacific University.  His research interests include benthic community ecology, deep-sea subsidies from nearshore macrophyte production, and human impacts on deep-sea fauna.  Habitats studied include the Antarctic shelf, submarine canyons, continental shelves, hydrothermal vents, and the abyssal bentho-pelagic.  Eric has made over 1,000 research dives using scuba and has conducted over 100 HOV and ROV dives.

Dr. Clifton C. Nunnally, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa


Clifton C. Nunnally is a benthic ecologist interested in the structure and function deep-sea invertebrate communities. Clif gained his Masters and PhD in Oceanography from Texas A&M University in 2003 and 2012, respectively.  As a master’s student Clif studied the macrofauna community of cold hydrocarbon seeps and the associated benthic respiration of these food rich areas as a component of the DGoMB Project.  As a PhD student Clifton measured the rates of biogeochemical cycling of sediments in the Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone” and described the impacts low oxygen and hurricanes on the macrofauna communities on the continental shelf while participating in the Mechanisms Controlling Hypoxia project.  A postdoctoral researcher in the Deep-Sea Fish Ecology lab from 2012 to 2015 at the University of Hawaii, Clif designed and built an in situ respirometer that measured invertebrate oxygen consumption in the Kermadec Trench.  He also designed a Free Vehicle Core Respirometer that measured in situ sediment community oxygen consumption in the Mariana Trench as a contributing member of the Hadal Ecosystem Studies (HADES) team.  As a part of the Smith lab Clif is working on compiling macrofauna community structure gathered from dense manganese nodule areas in the Clipperton-Clarion Fracture Zone as part of the ABYSSLINE project.  Clif began his many days at sea as a fisheries observer in the North Pacific Groundfish fleet and has conducted additional research in Prince William Sound, Alaksa, with Qatari colleagues in the Persian Gulf and in partnerships with National Geographic and Greenpeace. Twitter: @seagrifo

Amanda Ziegler, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Amanamanda_zieglerda Ziegler is a graduate student working toward a PhD in Biological Oceanography within the framework of the FjordEco project. She earned her B.S. degree in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island in 2012 where she focused on marine and community ecology. Her current PhD work focuses on investigating the diversity and structure of megabenthic communities in fjords along the West Antarctic Peninsula. For this work, she has analyzed seafloor imagery to characterize dropstone communities and will explore the benthic food web through the use of stable isotopes as well as the connectivity of megafauna with genetic and modelling techniques. She is also generally interested in deep-sea ecology and has been involved in several cruises and projects including the ABYSSLINE project assessing the diversity of benthic megafauna in a mining claim within the Clarion-Clipperton Zone. Twitter: @AmandaFZiegler

Oyvind Lundesgaard, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

oyvind_lundesgaard_lrgOyvind Lundesgaard is a PhD student at the University of Hawai’i. He has earned a BSc in Physics from the University of Iceland and an MSc in Oceanography from the University of Hawai’i. His research interests include ocean circulation, internal waves, mixing and observational oceanography. In his MSc work, Øyvind studied tropical mixing using data from moored current profilers and shipboard measurements in the Western Equatorial Pacific. For his PhD Oyvind will be transitioning to higher latitudes, looking at circulation and mixing in the fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula. On the FjordEco cruises he will be measuring ocean turbulence using a vertical microstructure profiler.

McKenna Lewis, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

McKennaMcKenna Lewis is an undergraduate student at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa pursuing a degree in Global Environmental Science with a focus on marine biology. McKenna is a resident of the island of Kaua’i, Hawai’i and graduated from Kaua’i High School as valedictorian in 2014. Having spent her entire life surrounded by the ocean, McKenna is passionate about marine research and ocean conservation. She volunteers with organizations such as the Surfrider Foundation and the Friends of the National Parks Foundation.  McKenna also interns at the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology, aiding in research focused on coral reef acclimation to rising ocean temperatures and increased ocean acidity. In her free time, McKenna enjoys swimming, surfing, scuba diving, hiking, and painting.

Carly Quisenberry, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

CarlyCarly Quisenberry works as a Marine Experimental Specialist for the Coastal Oceanographic Research & Analysis Laboratory at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Typically, she can be found underwater, mermaiding around, off remote tropical islands across the Pacific. She acts as the lead scientific scuba diver and lab technician on projects focused on the physical properties of the ocean, including waves, currents, tides, sea-level rise and the impacts of climate change. She joins this cruise as a physical oceanography mooring technician, which should prove interesting since she hasn’t experienced winter in more than a decade. When not at work, you can find her lost on a mountain top or dancing her way through another country.

Dr. Lars Thoresen, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

LarsLars Thoresen earned his PhD in Chemistry from Texas A&M University. Lars has worked most of his adult life as a synthetic organic chemist – mostly in drug discovery fro pharmaceutical companies. The last few years have been spent sailing his boat “Twister” around the world while working periodically as a technician on research cruises off the Antarctic Peninsula.

Jack Pan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

PanJack Pan is a second-year Ph.D student working with Dr. MariaVernet and Dr. Greg Mitchell at Scripps Institution of Oceanography(SIO). He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Earth & Environmental
Sciences at University of California, Irvine. Prior to enrolling at SIO, Jack worked on numerous projects at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory focusing on integrating oceanographic studies with applied sciences.  In order to achieve a better understanding of the rapidly changing polar ecology and biogeochemistry, he is interested in utilizing optics-focused techniques to assimilate field measurements, remote sensing, and numerical models.

Angela Klemmedson, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

AngelaAngela Klemmedson earned a bachelors degree in biology and environmental studies from Gonzaga University in 2013, and is currently working for California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Since moving to beautiful San Diego, she has participated in three CalCOFI cruises and collaborated with Scripps Institution of Oceanography and NOAA in various roles. Angela’s primary research interests focus on the relationship between marine ecosystems and climate change, and she will be participating in the FjordEco cruise as a research technician on Dr. Maria Vernet’s polar phytoplankton ecology team.

Kiefer Forsch, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

KieferKiefer Forsch is a second year Marine Chemistry graduate student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In the Barbeau Lab, researchers work hard to strip away each layer of complexity of iron in the modern ocean (often revealing another layer). The intricate nature of iron has made grasping the big picture of the iron biogeochemical cycle seemingly just out of reach. Its role as an essential and sometimes limiting nutrient for life is best demonstrated in the Southern Ocean. Close to the continent, the melting of ice plays a critical role in supporting intense blooms. Fjord systems exchange meltwater with the open ocean, providing an ideal location to study ice-sourced iron in a changing seascape. Kiefer grew up in the small farming community of Chelsea, MI and attended Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH) for undergrad where he majored in Chemistry. Following graduation in 2012, Kiefer worked for two years as a lab technician at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. Kiefer is an avid soccer player, backpacker, and fly fisherman.

Steven Sweet, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Steven Sweepalmer1t has a Masters in Physical Oceanography from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He has spent the last few years freelancing for various research projects in the Arctic, Antarctic and West Africa after several winters at Palmer Station. Steve will be helping with both the physical oceanography and glaciology instrumentation.


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