Exploration Science student heads to Hamelin Pool and Shark Bay, Western Australia

Araujo, Thalles cropped pic

Exploration Science student Thalles Araujo, who is from Brazil, headed to Australia in October for two months to conduct fieldwork for his internship project.  Working with researchers in in the Marine Geosciences (MGS) department at the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) of the University of Miami, Thalles will be helping on many fronts including field logistics, collecting data, writing computer algorithms and helping understand the geology and hydrology of Hamelin Pool, a smaller body of water associated with Shark Bay, Western Australia.  Thalles will be focusing on sediment analysis, physical parameters of Hamelin Pool, groundwater research and outreach initiatives.


The pool is rich in stromatolites and the unique hydrology is not well understood.  Thalles’ and his colleagues hope to better understand the growth of these stromatolites so this can be applied to understanding how ancient stromatolites developed.  Specifically, he will develop algorithms to treat and display the data, collect samples, deploy equipment, analyze previous and future data, and design new research plans  The location is the very remote Hamelin Station in the Bush Heritage area, so Thalles’ work will require elements of all aspects of exploration science that has picked up over the past year and a half in the program.

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Hamelin Pool stromatolites, courtesy of Wikipedia

Exploration Science Students Prepare for Internships

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This fall the Exploration Science students will be heading off to different locations for their internships.   Some will be local to the Miami area, while others will be more far flung.

Two will be interning with the National Park Service and will be based in the unique, remote and beautiful Dry Tortugas National Park.  There, one intern will be working with sea turtle conservation while the other will be assisting with invasive lion fish assessment and removal.

Another student will be heading to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a brief internship with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute before heading to do more extensive fieldwork in Australia in September.  He will be working in conjunction with RSMAS Ph.D. students in the remote Shark Bay area exploring some of the physical oceanographic features of this area, which have not been studied before.   He will be installing data collection equipment, managing a remote field site, analyzing data and helping to plan the expedition.

Two more students will be involved with Vanguard Divers based out to the British Columbia.  This novel and ground breaking organization of science and exploration divers will be focusing on a debris assessment and clean up of an area in the BC region using OpenROVs and technical diving to observe, document and assess the debris and how it will be removed.

Finally, one student will be local working at the Frost Museum of Science, where he is currently a full time employee.  He will start his internship in the spring of 2016, focusing on implementing an exploration outreach program at the museum.

We are excited and proud of these students in getting these internships that will provide a springboard to their careers and opportunities beyond their degrees.

Good Luck!