OCEAN EXPLORATION

Our vision is to transform the way we explore the ocean and transition our results to breakthrough products and technology.

The Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology (CIOERT) is led by Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University (HBOI-FAU) with co-managing partner, University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). CIOERT’S vision is to transform the way we explore the ocean and transition our results to breakthrough products and technology. CIOERT’s mission is to apply disciplined innovation to continually improve, extend, and fortify NOAA’s exploration, research, and operational capabilities. The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) is our primary NOAA partner and program office.

CIOERT serves NOAA/OAR Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) priorities in the following theme areas:

  • Develop advanced underwater technologies: CIOERT expands the scope and efficiency of exploration and research by developing, testing, and applying new and/or innovative uses of existing technologies to ocean exploration and research activities.

  • Explore and research the frontier regions of the eastern U.S. continental shelf and beyond: CIOERT focuses on exploration and research of ecosystems and habitats of economic, hazardous, scientific or cultural importance within and beyond the eastern U.S. continental shelf.

  • Improve understanding of vulnerable deep and shallow coral ecosystems: priority activities include supporting ocean exploration and research using advanced underwater technologies and techniques to improve the understanding of coral ecosystems.

  • Improve ocean literacy and build the technical and scientific work force in NOAA-relevant disciplines: education activities emphasize delivery of education and outreach experiences and products to a world-wide audience and classroom. University students, the work force of tomorrow, are exposed to ocean exploration and advanced technologies through hands-on, at-sea experiences, mentors, and world-class training programs.

MEET THE TEAM

Our scientist are at the heart of the CIOERT. They have been exploring and publishing marine research for up to four decades!

Josh Voss Ph.D.

FAU-HBOI

CIOERT Executive Director

Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D.

FAU-HBOI

CIOERT Executive Director- Retired

Daniel Baden,

UNCW

CIOERT Managing Director

M. Dennis Hanisak Ph.D.

FAU-HBOI

CIOERT Education Director

Michael Twardowski, Ph.D.

HBOI-FAU

CIOERT Primary Investigator

Anni Dalgleish, Ph.D.

FAU-HBOI

CIOERT Primary Investigator

Fraser Dalgleish, Ph.D.

FAU-HBOI

CIOERT Primary Investigator

Mingshun Jiang, Ph.D.

FAU-HBOI

CIOERT Primary Investigator

John Reed, MS.

FAU-HBOI

CIOERT Primary Investigator

Amy Wright, Ph. D.

FAU-HBOI

CIOERT Primary Investigator

Alina Szmant, Ph.D.

UNCW-CMS

CIOERT Primary Investigator

Stephanie Farrington, MS. FAU-HBOI

CIOERT Data Manager and Webmaster

OUR PARTNERS

We work with the very best. We are proud of our partners, who work with us to deliver the best in marine research and technology

OUR CAPABILITIES

No request is too big or too small for our team.