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Title: National Facility External Users: S. Holmes (University of Sydney)
Id: 2369
Short Name: National Facility Users: Holmes. S
Investigator(s): Sebastian Holmes
University of Sydney [details]

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Years: 2009

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SS2013_T02

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S. Holmes (USYD) MNF Southern Surveyor research voyage SS2013_t02. The benthic fauna of the Great Australian Bight Scientific Objectives: The focus of this program is to give students a taste of what it is like to live and work on an ocean going research vessel and to expose them to some of the different sampling methods and equipment that are used in oceanographic research. The students will have three quasi scientific aims as follows: 1) to sample and characterise the benthic communities in the Great Australian Bight (GAB); 2) to investigate surface and water column productivity along Australia's southern seaboard; 3) to map Australia's seafloor. The students will be involved in all aspects of the research - sorting and curating the fauna - milking the rosette/changing the filters and measuring the dissolved oxygen and salinity - operating and monitoring the swath. Outside of sampling stations and designated tasks, students will take it in turns to watch for marine mammals and we may supplement the sampling and research with a series of lectures and practicals utilising the material/data collected. For Keith, the voyage provides an ongoing opportunity to use vessel transit time to complete a national mapping of the upper-mid slope seabed with multi-beam mapping and associated ecological interpretation. The upper-slope and mid-slope seabed 100 m to 1500 m depth range, are regions important for regional marine planning, biodiversity and conservation assessments and fisheries habitat mapping. The swath mapping will be integrated as a part of the student activities and there is a 12h portion of the transit dedicated to targeting some canyons off Esperance and filling the swath track adjacent to the 500 m isobath. For Tanner & Williams the voyage provides an opportunity to gain further specimens and add a temporal aspect to their study of the epifaunal assemblages (benthic) of the GAB Marine Park and its surrounds. The GAB is a unique ecosystem, with diversity similar to the Great Barrier Reef, and a much higher proportion of endemic species, but only a fraction of the scientific effort.
SS2012_T05

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S. Holmes (U Western Sydney) MNF Southern Surveyor research voyage SS2012_t05. The benthic fauna of the Great Australian Bight. Scientific Objectives The focus of this program is to give students a taste of what it is like to live and work on an ocean going research vessel and to expose them to some of the different sampling methods and equipment that are used in oceanographic research. The students will have two (quasi) scientific aims, all of which will contribute to our knowledge about Australian waters, as follows: 1) to characterise the macro-fauna inhabiting the benthos at range of deep water (~500 m) sites along Australia's southern coast; 2) to investigate regional surface productivity (POM) along the southern shelf of Australia. For Kloser, the voyage provides an ongoing opportunity to use vessel transit time to complete a national mapping of the upper-mid slope seabed with multi-beam mapping and associated ecological interpretation. The upper-slope and mid-slope seabed 100 m to 1500 m depth range, are regions important for regional marine planning, biodiversity and conservation assessments and fisheries habitat mapping. The swath mapping will be integrated as a part of the student activities. Piggy-back Project- Distribution of plankton along the southern Australian seaboard. This is a part extract from voyage plan, please read plan for full details.
SS2010_T04

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S Holmes (USYD) Southern Surveyor Transit Voyage ss2010_t04, Sydney to Hobart. 3-8th November 2010. Scientific Objectives - The focus of this program is to give students a taste of what it is like to live and work on an ocean going research vessel and to expose them to some of the different sampling methods and equipment that are used in biological research programs. The students will have three (quasi) scientific aims, which will contribute to our knowledge about Australian waters, as follows: 1) to characterise the macro-fauna inhabiting a unique geological feature (reef) off the coast of Wollongong; 2) to examine the effect of depth on species composition in Bass Canyon and 3) to examine the trophic relationships between euphausids and larval fish, extending the work of the Taylor cruise (ss2010_v08). To a large extent aims 1 and 2 align with those of Dr Rudy Kloser (CMAR) and complement the piggyback project of Dr Ronald Thresher, which will provide the students with a window into another benthic habitat. For Kloser, the voyage provides an ongoing opportunity to use vessel transit time to complete a national mapping of the upper-mid slope seabed with multi-beam mapping and associated ecological interpretation. The upper-slope and mid-slope seabed 100 m to 1500 m depth range, are regions important for regional marine planning, biodiversity and conservation assessments and fisheries habitat mapping. On this voyage we will use a ongoing and developing piece of equipment, the Benthic Optical Acoustic and Grab sampler (BOAGS), which can survey, by video and acoustically, and selectively sample (surface fired Smith-Macintyre grab) the benthos. The benthic sampling carried out by the students will supplement BOAGS. Conversely and importantly, BOAGS will allow the students to survey a much broader area and ensure the correct gear is deployed, thereby increasing their exposure to deep sea fauna. In addition, depending on what is obtained, some of the benthic material collected (macro f
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