Challenger Mission: Indian Ocean


RU 29, Challenger, is back in the water after the completion of the South Atlantic Circumnavigation for our next mission: to go from Perth, Australia to Sri Lanka, to South Africa and back to Australia over the course of the next 3 years.


Prior to deployment, the lab at University of Western Australia had a number of esteemed visitors to see RU29 off before she began the mission. For good luck, the group re-christened the glider Challenger (RU29) with Indian Ocean water at the University of Western Australia’s glider port before deployment on its first leg of a planned Indian Ocean circumnavigation.


L to R: Chip Haldeman, Rutgers glider pilot; Nick D’Adamo, Head – Perth Programme Office of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and IOC IIOE-2 Coordinator; Scott Glenn, Rutgers Professor; Charitha Pattiaratchi, University of Western Australia Professor; Dr. Christopher Back, Liberal Senator for Western Australia and Chair, Senate Foreign Affairs, Defense & Trade Legislation Committee; and Dennis Stanley, UWA Glider Pilot. On board the glider are flags from participating nations, including the United States, Australia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Spain, Germany, Brazil and South Africa, plus a challenge coin from NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan.

The glider was deployed out of Perth on Nov 4th by Chip and Scott from Rutgers and Chari from University of Western Australia while shore support was provided by teams at UWA and Rutgers.

UWA produced the following video to support the mission:


For the latest information on the Challenger Mission, check out the Mission Blog

You're the Expert, with Oscar Schofield



Come join in the fun and laughs with WBUR's You're the Expert, hosted by Chris Duffy, and with special guest Rutgers' oceanographer, Professor Oscar Schofield.

When? Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at George Street Playhouse at 7 pm.

This is a live show, podcast, and public radio program on 90.9 WBUR, Boston's NPR station and produced by Pretty Good Friends

Through games, sketches, and hilariously misguided guesses, three comedians will try to figure out Dr. Schofield’s research at Rutgers University. The show ends with an interview where we hear about Oscar’s latest findings and why his field is important.

Students and the public are invited to participate in this exciting episode at no cost but must register for the event.

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Rutgers University Marine Field Station Hosts Open House

septoh1The Rutgers University Marine Field Station (RUMFS) in Tuckerton, NJ, opened its doors to the public on September 17, with an invitation to come explore and learn about current marine science research, as well as the flora and fauna of the local estuary and marsh system of the Great Bay/Mullica River.

Over 600 visitors attended the open house from all over New Jersey and from as far away as New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. RUMFS is a field facility of the Rutgers University Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences (DMCS). It is a working lab with ongoing graduate and postdoctoral level research occurring year-round and is uniquely situated across from the Little Egg Inlet in the Mullica River-Great Bay estuary, one of the most pristine estuaries on the east coast.

septoh2Dr. Jivoff talks about local and invasive crab species. Visitors took tours of the field station and learned about various research projects currently underway. Interactive displays allowed both adults and children to view the larval stage of local marine species under a microscope. Dr. Paul Jivoff, a frequent collaborator on crab research in the Barnegat Bay, entertained visitors with a display and talk on local and invasive crab species. Visitors were also able to get a close look at local marine animals in the facility’s wet lab and kids made a fish-themed craft to take home.

The public was enthusiastic about their experience. Most were first-time visitors, who enjoyed all aspects of the tour, particularly the chance to interact with the researchers. One particularly welcome feedback appreciated by the RUMFS staff was, “It’s wonderful to see and talk to people who are thoroughly in love with their jobs!”

The major goal of RUMFS and DMCS, is to create a corridor for research, from the upper reaches of the Mullica River drainage basin, down through the Great Bay estuary, to the inner continental shelf.

septoh3Much of the current activity by resident scientists at RUMFS is focused on the life history and ecology of fishes, with special emphasis on the role of habitat for the dominant species in the estuary and on the continental shelf. Understanding the life history of fishes will help improve the ability to manage fish resources in the Middle Atlantic Bight, a coastal region running from Massachusetts to North Carolina.