DISCOVRE Research Expeditions

Science Center Objects

The DISCOVRE program involves expeditions around the world to collect the necessary data to better understand deep-sea ecosystems.

collecting CTD samples

DEEP SEARCH: The Final Leg

October 21 - 30, 2019

DEEP SEARCH departs from Charleston, South Carolina, aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster for the project's final research cruise. The primary objectives of this cruise are chemistry and water column community profiling from environmental DNA sampled with CTD casts, retrieving benthic landers at deep-sea coral sites, mid-water trawling, and collecting additional multibeam data to fill in gaps in seafloor mapping. Representing the USGS DISCOVRE team are Cheryl Morrison and Veronica Salamone from the Leetown Science Center and Jonathan Quigley from the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center. 



control room

Windows to the Deep

May 22 - July 2, 2018

Anthomastus coral

Exploring Carolina Canyons

August 24 - September 9, 2016

Diverse deep-sea coral and sponge habitats

Northeast U.S. Canyons Exploration

July 8 - August 17, 2013

Lophelia pertusa.

Deepwater Mid-Atlantic Canyons

June 4 - 11, 2011

A field of the soft coral Callogorgia sp. with its ophiuroid symbiont.

Lophelia II: Oil Seeps and Deep Reefs

October 14 - November 4, 2010