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— Open Call for Scientists —

Hello Ocean wants to collaborate with scientists interested in conducting research under sail. Our expeditions invite several teams aboard a Moorings catamaran for seven days of intense research in a variety of regions in the world. The scientists’ work will be documented using a variety of media to share the research process, the significance of their explorations, and the joys of discovery. If you are a scientist interested in joining a Hello Ocean research expedition, please complete the following form. Click here  to read more about our Expedition Underway – our inaugural research expedition.   

Research Expeditions

Hello Ocean’s 2015/2016 projects focus in the following areas

Mapping Cetaceans In Belize

Hello Ocean completed its first research expedition in the coastal and offshore waters of Belize. This inaugural expedition was conducted in partnership with The Moorings, a bareboat charter company, and scientists Dr. Nataly Castelblanco, and Eric Ramos and research assistants Benito Hernandez, Kristi Collum, and Alton Jeffords. The role that cetaceans play in marine ecosystems east of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MBRS) or the consequences of they face from anthropogenic impacts are largely unknown. During Expedition Underway, the crew conducted the first systematic study to assess the status or abundance of most cetaceans in Belize. The results of this work will be used to support improved protection for marine mammals and pelagic ecosystems throughout Belize.

Pteropods & Ocean Acidification

The ocean absorbs almost a third of the CO2 we release into the atmosphere every year. Observations now show that the CO2 absorbed by the ocean is changing the chemistry of the seawater, a process called ocean acidification (OA). Calcifying organisms that are critical to the food web are one of the most vulnerable organisms to OA because the changes in ocean chemistry are dissolving their shells. We are working with Swift Engineering to distribute low cost sensors to recreational sailors across the globe, so that they may participate in citizen science data collection on a global OA study. The project is currently in the research and development phase.

Mapping Ocean Noise Pollution

Ocean Conservation Research (OCR), Silverleaf Geospatial, and Hello Ocean will engage the recreational boating community in a baseline, systematic study that will map the world’s anthropogenic ocean noise pollution. Noise pollution can have long-term consequences for the wellbeing of marine life. Currently, obtaining ocean noise data is costly and scarce. Limited information on the magnitude of noise pollution hinders the development of effective regulations to mitigate threats to marine life. This project provides low cost data collection methods by training and employing recreational sailors for data collection. As citizen scientists and volunteers, sailors will be provided with simple hydrophones and an application to log measurements along with GPS coordinates, and other information. Information gathered during our this study will map the first global systematic dataset on noise pollution. We are currently seeking grants, sponsors, or other funding to launch this project.

Pelagic & Coastal Microplastics

Plastic is a material that is designed to last thousands of years, yet it is being used for disposable packaging and items with a useful lifespan that is often less than 1 hour. Despite efforts to recycle and properly dispose of plastic, a significant amount still ends up in the environment and ultimately the ocean. The plastic accumulating in the ocean is threatening the collapse of an already struggling seafood industry. Fish mistake it for food, then die of starvation or from the toxins that accumulate on the plastic. We are collecting data on the degree in which our oceans are polluted with plastic to support two established research efforts.

Opportunities For Scientists & Conservationists



We provide research scientists and conservationists an affordable vessel as a platform for their work.



We work side-by-side with scientists to extend your research objectives to include educational outreach media.



We are collaborating with scientists all over the country to collect critical field data that is difficult to obtain. If you have a data need, let us know.



We offer comfortable on-the-water accommodations aboard a Norseman 447 during your research campaign.

The Hello Ocean Team

Eric Ramos
Eric RamosCetacean Acoustics Research
Captain Ben Carey
Captain Ben CareyHello Ocean Co-Founder
Captain Teresa Carey
Captain Teresa CareyHello Ocean Co-Founder
Emma Park
Emma ParkVolunteer
Derek Alan Rowe
Derek Alan RoweFilmmaker
Lynn Scharf
Lynn ScharfApp Developer
Michael Stocker
Michael StockerBio Acoustician

Our Advisors

  • Deb Castellana – Mission Blue & Sylvia Earle Alliance
  • Wallace J. Nichols – Blue Mind
  • Maryanne Culpepper – Graffiti Works, Inc.
  • Chris Palmer – American University
  • Rachael Miller – Rozalia Project
  • Bill Mills – Digital Cinema HD
  • David Conover – Conservation Media Group
  • Roderic Mast – Oceanic Society
  • Luke O’Neill – American Explorers, LLC
  • Ben Scheelk – The Ocean Foundation

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