Episode 200: How Much is there Still to Learn About the Ocean?

Meet the Scientist: Brian Helmuth, Aquanaut and Chief Science Officer for Proteus Ocean Group

Dr. Brian Helmuth, aquanaut


Brian Helmuth, PhD., is an aquanaut and marine environmental scientist at Northeastern University who loves to spend his time diving and exploring the ocean as he studies the effects of climate change on bodies of water on our planet.
Helmuth lab at Nahant Marine Science Center





Underwater Forest in AL    Ancient Cypress forest

Images from the Underwater Forest!



Learn More About the Ancient Underwater Forest

NY Times Article

This is Alabama video of the Underwater Forest by Ben Raines



CHALLENGE:  How would you make an underwater habitat? 

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The Lost Forest book by Jennifer Swanson

Highlighted Book for this episode!

The Lost Forest: An Unexpected Discovery beneath the Waves by Jennifer Swanson

After local fishers noticed a large swarm of fish in an unlikely area in the Gulf of Mexico, a team of divers found the remains of a forest deep beneath the waves. The ancient trees had been undisturbed for more than fifty thousand years before finally being uncovered by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Acclaimed science writer Jennifer Swanson brings readers along with a group of scientists as they work to explore and map the site, collect samples of cypress wood, and learn about the marine creatures that live here―namely, shipworms. Page Plus links lead to videos of the scientists at work.


For Further Reading:

Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact by Jennifer Swanson

Ocean: A Visual Encyclopedia by Doring Kindersly Books

Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark by Heather Lang (Albert Whitman Books)

Dive In: Swim With Sea Creatures at Their Actual Size by Roxie Munro (Holiday House)

Ocean Animals: Who’s Who in the Deep Blue by Johanna Rizzo (NGKids Books)

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