Ocean Discovery League Newsletter | January 2022

Ahoy hoy!

We kicked off 2023 with the inaugural Ocean Exploration Day on January 23 in honor of the first dive to Challenger Deep, the deepest point of the world's oceans, in 1960. 

To celebrate, I had the honor of hosting a conversation with deep-sea explorers Dr. Don Walsh and Dr. Dawn Wright about their experiences in Challenger Deep and their thoughts on the past and future of ocean exploration. Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard conducted that first dive in 1960, and in July of 2022, Dawn Wright became the first Black person of any nationality or gender to dive to Challenger Deep.

In addition, the Inter-American Development Bank held the Deep-Sea Capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean event, hosted by Rafael Anta, to discuss the implications of deep-sea capacity for the Blue Economy with panelists Dr. Maud Quinzin, Sergio Cambronero-Solano, and Dr. Elva Escobar Briones.

We also saw many wonderful stories about ocean exploration across social media, reaching over 1 million people. Many thanks to all of you who were able to attend these events and participate in celebrating ocean exploration!

Dr. Katy Croff Bell
Founder & President
Ocean Discovery League

Ocean Exploration Day Event

On January 23, Katy Croff Bell hosted a conversation with Dr. Don Walsh and Dr. Dawn Wright about their experiences diving to the deepest point in the world's oceans, Challenger Deep. Watch Video

Latest News

Mongabay: Democratizing the deep sea: Q&A with Ocean Discovery League’s Katy Croff Bell
The current expense of studying the deep seas stymies many research initiatives, so scientists have developed a low-cost imaging and sensor device to make access to the deep sea more equal. 
Read Full Article

The MagPi Magazine: Maka Niu deep-sea imaging system
A deep-sea underwater imaging and sensing system made using a Raspberry Pi Zero and Camera Module is making a splash in marine exploration circles. In the latest issue of The MagPi, the official magazine of Raspberry Pi, David Crookes dives in. Read Full Article

Upcoming Events

AtlantOS Ocean Hour
January 30, 2023
11:00 - 12:00 pm EST

Katy Croff Bell joins AtlantOS Ocean Hour to discuss the work Ocean Discovery League is doing to democratize access to ocean exploration and what we have learned over the past year of field testing our low-cost Maka Niu camera system.

Register Here

COBRA Webinar Series
February 7, 2023
3:00 - 4:30 pm EST

Learn about ocean exploration opportunities with Schmidt Ocean Institute and Ocean Exploration Trust guests Leonard Pace and Dr. Dan Wagner. 
Register Here

FathomNet Workshop
February 22 - 23, 2023
3:00 - 7:00 pm PST

Join the FathomNet team for an update on the open-source image database and tools for training, testing, validating, and deploying AI algorithms to understand our ocean and its inhabitants. The workshop timing is also optimized for Pacific and Asian timezone participants. Register Here


ODL: Professional Development Education Consultant
This consultancy will help design and develop the Ocean Discovery Fellowship, our flagship equity program to identify, train, and support ocean explorers and researchers from historically excluded backgrounds around the world.
Deadline: Ongoing

NOAA Undergraduate Scholarship Programs Application
NOAA's Office of Education is accepting applications for the Ernest F. Hollings and EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Programs in order to promote the education and training of students in NOAA sciences.
Deadline: January 31, 2023

Ocean Solutions Experiment Fund Projects
We are proud to partner with Experiment on the Ocean Solutions Fund. This fund provides a fundraising platform for local ocean projects worldwide. These projects will not happen without your support! Please consider contributing to these projects and apply for your own project funds now at the Ocean Solutions website.
Deadline: Ongoing

E/V Nautilus Patch Design Contest
Students ages five to eighteen (5-18) can submit original artwork to be considered for the official Nautilus Expedition Season Patch and Sticker. The patch and sticker will be worn and displayed by members of the Corps of Exploration during our annual exploration cruises and represent the expedition season for the team.
Deadline: February 1, 2023

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Summer Student Fellowship
A research project is at the heart of the Summer Student Fellowship program. All Fellows work on a project selected in collaboration with their sponsor(s) that will provide meaningful results in one summer’s work.
Deadline: February 5, 2023

MBARI’s Summer Internship Program
MBARI’s Summer Internship Program provides an opportunity for talented college students (undergraduate and graduate) and educators to work directly with MBARI scientists, engineers, and communicators.Deadline: February 7, 2023

Programme Officer for the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI)
The Programme Officer will be an integral member of the DOSI team, supporting day-to-day management and operations and the delivery of activities. DOSI works to integrate science, technology, policy, law, and economics to advise on ecosystem-based management and strategies to maintain the integrity of deep-ocean ecosystems.
Deadline: February 10, 2023

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