Live from the Deep Ocean


Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 2:00pm


Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

Deep Ocean live with Peter Girguis

Free public event

Join us for a live glimpse of the biological diversity of previously unexplored areas in the deep sea off California. The museum will host a live Q&A with Peter R. Girguis, Harvard Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Jennifer Berglund, Exhibit Developer for the Harvard Museums and film producer, who are working with an international team aboard the E/V Nautilus.The research team is exploring areas of the deep sea that are nearly devoid of oxygen, and trying to understand the diversity of animal and microbial life in those areas. They will be using unmanned, remotely operated underwater vehicles for collecting imagery and samples from the deep sea. They will also be testing several components of the ABISS (Autonomous Biogeochemical Instrument for In Situ Studies), the very first deep sea “wireless broadband” observatory developed by Peter and his team.

The live Q&A will be on Tuesday August 1st at 2 PM from the Geological Lecture Hall at the Harvard Museum of Natural History at 24 Oxford Street. You’ll see the ocean, from the water column to the seafloor down at 3800 feet (1100 meters), live and in high definition from the deep-diving robotic submarine. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Girguis and Ms. Berglund in a conversation moderated by Ms. Erin Callahan, a science communications student at Boston University.

The event is free and open to the public, but do plan to visit the museum before or afterward to explore the new exhibition, Marine Life in the Putnam Family Gallery. 

Museum admission $12 adults; non-Harvard students with ID $10: $8 youth (3-18); free for Harvard ID-holder and one guest.

About the research vessel: The team is onboard the E/V Nautilus owned by the not-for-profit Ocean Exploration Trust. The ship operates two remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs or robot subs that can dive and work underwater). ROV Hercules is the “yellow” submarine that works on the bottom and ROVArgus watches the ROV Hercules from above. They are diving to multiple depths ranging from 200 to 3,800 meters. For more on the expedition, see or a short video here: