2019 Expedition

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

May 6, 2019 to May 19, 2019 — M001

Alongside the E/V Nautilus expedition season, Ocean Exploration Trust is collaborating on an expedition to explore inland waterways of the Great Lakes. This mission is focused on mapping unexplored, newly expanded areas of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) in Lake Huron, with a goal of discovering new shipwrecks and identifying shipwreck locations to support ongoing exploration and management. Target areas will be mapped with a multibeam sonar system aboard autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) BEN from University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, with the TBNMS Research Vessel R/V Storm serving as the operations platform for mapping and surveying activities.

Three targeted survey areas in northern Lake Huron embody the diverse and rich maritime cultural landscape of the Great Lakes, including a historic lighthouse on a treacherous reef; dangerous, near-shore shallow waters; and the deep, mid-lake waters of busy shipping lanes known as “Shipwreck Alley.” In addition to the potential discovery of historically significant shipwrecks, sanctuary waters in Lake Huron also hold the potential for unique natural features such as sinkholes with links to ancient ecosystems, glacial features of interest, and important fish habitat.

Sponsored by: NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Meet the Team

Photo of Roland Arsenault
ASV Software Developer
Photo of Hunter Brendel
R/V Storm
Photo of Lynette Davis
ASV Scientist/Engineer
Photo of KG Fairbarn
ASV Scientist/Engineer
Photo of Stephanie Gandulla
Co-Lead Scientist
Photo of Lindsay Gee
Science/Data Team, Mapping
Photo of Jeff Gray
Co-Lead Scientist
Photo of Russ  Green
Co-Lead Scientist
Photo of Philip Hartmeyer
Science/Data Team
Photo of Hannah Hazewinkle
Education
Photo of Erin Heffron
Science/Data Team, Mapping
Photo of Brent Johnston
Science/Data Team
Photo of Hannah MacDonald
Education
Photo of Clinton Marcus
Science/Data Team
Photo of Andy McLeod
ASV Scientist/Engineer
Photo of Coral Moreno
ASV Scientist/Engineer
Photo of Val Schmidt
ASV Scientist/Engineer
Photo of Travis Smith
R/V Storm
Photo of Kellie Wasikowski
Education
Photo of Sarah Waters
Education
Photo of Samantha  Wishnak
Communications

Highlights

Album: Mapping the Lakebed of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
 
Mapping the Lakebed of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
14 photos
May 18, 2019