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Mysteries of the Deep Earth: Expedition to Australia’s Underwater Volcanoes

Mysteries of the Deep Earth: Expedition to Australia’s Underwater Volcanoes

Expedition on Australia’s research vessel, the R/V Investigator, to study two parallel chains of extinct underwater volcanoes in the Coral and Tasman Seas

‘Educator on Board’ placement opportunity on research voyage to Coral and Tasman Seas, August 2019

Australia’s R/V Investigator, the ship being used for the research. Image credit: CSIRO

Thanks to everyone for their interest – this placement has now been filled.

Dr. Lara Kalnins’ group at the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh has an opportunity for an education professional in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics to participate in a 28-day international research voyage from Cairns to Brisbane from 6 Aug to 4 Sept 2019.

The educator will:

  • work with the research team on board
  • participate in outreach events during the voyage
  • develop curriculum-linked material and teaching activities to eventually share with other educators.

The planned research spans a wide range of STEM curriculum areas, including geology, geography, physics, engineering, environmental science, and biology. Research activities range from studying extinct underwater volcanoes and mapping the seafloor using sonar, gravity, and the Earth’s magnetic field to measuring the biodiversity in the Coral Sea Australian Marine Park.

The placement is open to educators working with primary, secondary, or further education students, and includes all travel costs as well as bursary support. For more information and to discuss possible links between your subject expertise and the research projects, please contact Lara Kalnins at The place is to be filled as soon as possible.


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