2022-2023 Science Planning Summary
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2022-2023 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Protected Species Observers for Coffin (O-269-N)

Photo by Dave Munroe. Image courtesy of NSF/USAP Photo Library. Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
T-988-N Research Location(s): Ross Sea


Event Number:
NSF Agreement

Program Director:
Dr. Michael Jackson

ASC POC/Implementer:
David Rivera / Jamee Johnson

Principal Investigator(s)

Laura Denise Bluth


Supporting Stations: RV/IB Nathaniel B. Palmer
Research Locations: Ross Sea


Protected species observers will participate on NBP24-02 to monitor seismic surveys for O-269-N Coffin.

Field Season Overview

At least three observers will participate on the RV/IB Nathaniel B. Palmer, working in 24 hour shifts during seismic surveying. Authorization to conduct seismic surveys will take place from 12/15/22 - 1/15/23. All species observers will disembark NBP23-01 at McMurdo Station and fly out on the first available northbound flight.

Deploying Team Members

  • Laura Bluth (PI)
  • Cassandra Frey
  • Matthew Harris