2017 Citizen Science Trip Details

Updated June 15, 2017 - come back soon as new trips are being coordinated now!

July 2 - 9, 2017 / Kids Sea Camp

July 2-9, 2017
Kids Sea Camp
Sea of Cortez

Join Margo & Tom Peyton on an amazing Kids Sea Camp Adventures along with Dr. Robert Rubin!  Click on the link below for more details and to book your spot today!

July 16 - 23, 2017 /Annie Crawley Camp for Kids

July 16 - 23, 2017
Annie Crawley Kids Camp
Dr. Carlos Armondo Sanchez-Ortiz 
Sea of Cortez Marine Biodiversity & Ecology on the Reef
$2300 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Annie Crawley's Scuba Diving Camp
Our Ocean and You
Midriff Islands, Baja Mexico
Sea Lions, Mobulas, Whale Sharks & MORE!

Join Photographer/Filmmaker Annie Crawley aboard Quino El Guardian for our Citizen Science & Storytelling Workshops!

The Midriff Islands are home to thousands of sea lions, mobulas, whale sharks and more. We will dive our way around these islands while learning about this ecosystem which legendary diver, Jacque Cousteau, called "The World's Aquarium". Together we will create a photo/video story of our week, including an expedition to snorkel with whale sharks! We will be aboard Quino El Guardian on Sunday, July 16 to cruise, dive, and explore until the morning of Sunday, July 23.

This trip holds 16 certified divers. You can send your certified kids/teens with us or join the expedition yourself - it's a wonderful family experience!  However, we realize that not all parents dive nor have the time during the summer that our kids/teens have so we are making this trip "parent optional".

We fly into Phoenix and take a shuttle across the boarder to Mexico directly to embark at 5:00pm in Puerto Penasco. From here we travel for 7 days throughout the Midriff Islands in the northern Sea of Cortez. Here we will have experiences with thousands of Sea Lions, Giant Groupers, Schools of Fish, Octopus, Mobulas, Mantas, Nudibranchs and on the last day we will be snorkeling with WHALE SHARKS!

Our entertaining program includes Citizen Science with a world renown marine biologist and storytelling with our cameras. We will be running photo/video programs in which everyone on board will be participating in storytelling workshops and be creating/documenting their expedition.

For those in the Seattle area, we will have a workshop in advance so that we can do pre-production putting everyone in the pool and shooting with the camera equipment before we head out on expedition.

The trip costs $2300 per person plus airfare to Phoenix, $125 for round trip shuttle to and from Mexico, park fee of $28, chamber fee of $15 and crew gratuity which is standard at 10-15%. A 5mm wetsuit and hood is recommended to keep us all warm. You will want to arrive by Noon in Phoenix on July 16 to catch our group shuttle. You can book your return flight the following Sunday on July 23 leaving anytime after 2pm.

About Annie Crawley

Award winning producer, underwater photographer, author, and speaker, Annie Crawley gives the ocean a voice through her mission to reach audiences about our underwater world. Originally from Chicago, Annie’s life changed when she took her first breath underwater as a scuba diver. As a scuba diving instructor, artist, storyteller, and member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, she travels the world with her underwater cameras in hand, focusing on documenting life below the surface.

m 805-453-1947• Annie@AnnieCrawley.com • www.AnnieCrawley.com
Dive Into Your Imagination, 10002 Aurora Ave North, Ste 36-104, Seattle, WA 98133

When you reach a child, you change history.

Keep Diving Into Your Imagination!

Annie Crawley
Author, Photographer, Producer, & Keynote Speaker
www.AnnieCrawley.com

Click below to learn more about Annie!

August 6 - 13, 2017 / The Gulf of California as a Marine Reef Biodiversity Hotspot

August 6 - 13, 2017
Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz 
Sea of Cortez
The Gulf of California as a Marine Reef Biodiversity Hotspot
$2300 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Join the amazing crew of the Quino El Guardian, Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz (UABCS) and cDr. Osvaldo Hernandez on one of the most inspiring dive adventures of your lifetime!

The Sea of Cortez is a unique area offering a prolific array of life with corals, invertebrates, fishes, whales and other mammals in unprecedented numbers.

Dr. Sanchez has extensive knowledge in most all animal species found in the Sea of Cortez and specializes in invertebrates, sea fans, gorgonians, and corals. One-third of the biodiversity of the Sea of Cortez is in corals. It is amazing how little is known about these animals. We need to learn more so that we can care for and conserve them.

Activities include

- Describing the individual species
- Census monitoring
- Establish the health of the reef
- Human impact study
- Climate impact study
- Collection of plankton and inspection under a microscope (where the food chain begins)

Dr. Sanchez provides indepth knowledge of the area mammals such as whales, dolphins and sea lions as well as whale sharks.

Enjoy daily research projects and presentations to help answer these questions and more:

- How many and what species are in the Gulf of California?
- How many of them are new to Science & how do we describe a new species?
- How the climate change or human impacts are affecting the reefs biodiversity?
- How Taxonomy can save Biodiversity?
- How healthy are the reefs of the Gulf of California?

Research goals include but are not limited to:

- Invertebrates (sponge, corals and echinoderm) taxonomy to understand their biodiversity
- Invertebrates inventorying to determine their diversity
- Invertebrates and fish tissue sampling to examine their large-scale connectivity through genetics
- Invertebrates and fish monitoring to evaluate the health status of the reef ecosystem
- Assessing the economic value of the reef ecosystem conservation.

Take part in as much or as little as you like!

Additional and supporting information can be found here:

http://datamares.ucsd.edu/eng/ - excellent source of scientific information presented in layman terms

Facebook: PFA UABCS

Download the Flyer HERE: Citizen_Science_Sanchez_August_2017

August 27 - September 3, 2017 / Photographing the Sea of Cortez

August 27 - September 3 2017
Sea of Cortez
Jonathan Lavan
Photographing the Sea of Cortez
$2100 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Jonathan Lavan is a wildlife expert, conservationist, award-winning photographer, environmental writer and educator.

Join Jonathan and the amazing crew of Quino El Guardian for a dive adventure of a lifetime!

Jonathan is on staff to help all budding citizen scientists identify what they are seeing both above and below the waterline. For new photographers, he will be able to help with questions and provide tips for better nature photography.

Daily animal ID classes will be held for those interested utilizing the photos that were taken that day.

Guests will enjoy his sense of humor and camaraderie as he shares his passion for all creatures great and small.

Join Jonathan in his quest for making a difference on this planet through photography and positive messaging.

You can view over 1,700 of Jonathan's nature images from all over the world at www.UnderPressurePhotog.com.

September 17 - 29, 2017 / Marine Life & Reef Fishes of the Gulf of California

September 17-29, 2017
Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz 
Explore Baja
Marine Life & Reef Fishes of the Gulf of California
$3650 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Join the amazing crew of the Quino El Guardian, Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz (UABCS) and cDr. Remy Gatyns (University California, Santa Cruz, top Ph.D. student in ecology and genetics of fishes) on one of the most inspiring dive adventures of your lifetime!

Baja is a unique area offering a prolific array of life with corals, invertebrates, fishes, whales and other mammals in unprecedented numbers.

Dr. Sanchez has extensive knowledge in most all animal species found in the Sea of Cortez and specializes in invertebrates, sea fans, gorgonians, and corals. One-third of the biodiversity of the Sea of Cortez is in corals. It is amazing how little is known about these animals. We need to learn more so that we can care for and conserve them.

Activities include

- Describing the individual species
- Census monitoring
- Establish the health of the reef
- Human impact study
- Climate impact study
- Collection of plankton and inspection under a microscope (where the food chain begins)

Dr. Sanchez provides indepth knowledge of the area mammals such as whales, dolphins and sea lions as well as whale sharks.

Enjoy daily research projects and presentations to help answer these questions and more:

- How many and what species are in the Gulf of California?
- How many of them are new to Science & how do we describe a new species?
- How the climate change or human impacts are affecting the reefs biodiversity?
- How Taxonomy can save Biodiversity?
- How healthy are the reefs of the Gulf of California?

Research goals include but are not limited to:

- Invertebrates (sponge, corals and echinoderm) taxonomy to understand their biodiversity
- Invertebrates inventorying to determine their diversity
- Invertebrates and fish tissue sampling to examine their large-scale connectivity through genetics
- Invertebrates and fish monitoring to evaluate the health status of the reef ecosystem
- Assessing the economic value of the reef ecosystem conservation.

Take part in as much or as little as you like!

Additional and supporting information can be found here:

http://datamares.ucsd.edu/eng/ - excellent source of scientific information presented in layman terms

Facebook: PFA UABCS

Download the Flyer HERE: Citizen_Science_Sanchez_Sept2017_Rev2

 

Octoer 1 - 13, 2017 / Wonders of the Seas: Echinoderm Diversity of Baja and the Sea of Cortez

October 1 - 13, 2017
Explore Baja
Dr. Francisco Solis A Marin
$3650 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

You will never look at Sea Stars and Sea Cucumbers the same again!

Dr. Francisco Alonso Solís Marín is a research Specialist in Echinoderms (Sea stars, Sea cucumbers, Sea Urchins, Sea Lilies and Allies) and Taxonomists. He is Chief Curator of the Echinoderm National Collection, Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He has extensive knowledge in echinoderm species found in the Sea of Cortez and specializes in their systematics.

He is currently director of the Research Program for exploring and listing Echinoderm Biodiversity in Mexico, developing studies on:

A) Biodiversity in different ecosystems (Marine and Anchialine Caves) and description of new species

B) Ecology of Echinoderm communities

C) Evaluation of the health status of the principal heavily exploited Echinoderm communities in the Sea of Cortez

This unique trip will help to answer many questions including:

- How did the Echinoderm Taxonomy Studies of the Gulf of California begin?

- Why the Echinoderm diversity and unique species composition in the Sea of Cortez?

- What to do when we discover a new species?

- Why is exploring marine biodiversity still a big task to complete?

As an expert in Echinoderms, Dr. Francisco Solis will take you on a journey of taxonomy and evolutionary discovery, talking on shocking new discoveries about Echinoderms – you will never see Sea Stars and Sea Cucumbers the same again!

He will discuss how the biodiversity of Echinoderms in the Sea of Cortez is still reveling new species. Dr. Solís will share his knowledge on Echinoderm Taxonomy and Biology and how to describe new species.

The principal goal of the expedition will be to explore and document the Echinoderm diversity of the Gulf of California in its different habitats.

Activities include:

- Collect and prepare an echinoderm specimen for its use in a Natural History Collection

- Echinoderm tissue sampling to examine their large-scale connectivity through genetics

- Describing an individual species, inspection under a microscope to reveal the use of Echinoderm’s microstructures to reveal the name of the species

- Echinoderm inventorying to determine their diversity

- Document Sea Star behavior

- Collection of Echinoderm larvae in the plankton

Joining Dr. Solis will be Yuri Hooker from the Peru (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heridia, Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas y Fisiológicas, Lima, Peru)

October 22 - 29, 2017 / The Aquarium of the World: Marine Reef Biodiversity

October 22 - 29, 2017
Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz 
Southern Safari
The Aquarium of the World: Marine Reef Biodiversity
$2200 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Join the amazing crew of the Quino El Guardian, Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz (UABCS) and Dr. Jaime Gomez Gutirerez (CICIMAR, Mexico) on one of the most inspiring dive adventures of your lifetime!

Baja is a unique area offering a prolific array of life with corals, invertebrates, fishes, whales and other mammals in unprecedented numbers.

Dr. Sanchez has extensive knowledge in most all animal species found in the Sea of Cortez and specializes in invertebrates, sea fans, gorgonians, and corals. One-third of the biodiversity of the Sea of Cortez is in corals. It is amazing how little is known about these animals. We need to learn more so that we can care for and conserve them.

Dr. Jaime Gomez Gutirerez is a top expert in marine ecology invertebrates and biodiversity - mainly in Zooplankton and plankton production. 

Activities include

- Describing the individual species
- Census monitoring
- Establish the health of the reef
- Human impact study
- Climate impact study
- Collection of plankton and inspection under a microscope (where the food chain begins)

Dr. Sanchez provides indepth knowledge of the area mammals such as whales, dolphins and sea lions as well as whale sharks.

Enjoy daily research projects and presentations to help answer these questions and more:

- Why did Jacques Cousteau once call the Sea of Cortez the Aquarium of the World?- Why is the Gulf of California so productive?
- How many and what specicies are in the Gulf of California?
- How healthy is Cabo Pulmo reef?
- How the climate change or human impacts are affecting the reefs biodiversity?

Research goals include but are not limited to:

- Invertebrates (sponge, corals and echinoderm) taxonomy to understand their biodiversity
- Invertebrates inventorying to determine their diversity
- Invertebrates and fish tissue sampling to examine their large-scale connectivity through genetics
- Invertebrates and fish monitoring to evaluate the health status of the reef ecosystem
- Assessing the economic value of the reef ecosystem conservation.

Take part in as much or as little as you like!

Additional and supporting information can be found here:

http://datamares.ucsd.edu/eng/ - excellent source of scientific information presented in layman terms

Facebook: PFA UABCS 

Download the Flyer HERE: Citizen_Science_Sanchez_October2017_Rev2

November 4-11, 2017 / Mobula Research

November 4-11, 2017
Marta D. Palacios & Frida Lara Lizardi
Southern Safari
Marvelous Mobulas!
$2200 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Join the amazing crew of The Quino el Guardian and Marine Biologists Marta D. Palacios and Frida Lara Lizardi on one of the most inspiring dive adventures: DEVIL RAYS in the Sea of Cortez!

Once called DEVIL RAYS by fishermen, sailors, and explorers, the young and upcoming Marine Biologists call them MOBULAS. Scientific study is about observation, documentation, studying behavioral patterns, compiling data and then analysis. That is what the Mobula Expedition is all about. You, Marta and Frida will answer:

What do Mobulas eat? Mobulas are filter feeders. We will observe their feeding behavior and take water samples from the Sea of Cortez to determine just what they eat.

Where do Mobulas swim to and how far? Right now Marta is tracking and collecting data on Mobulas through a network of acoustic receivers placed in Cabo Pulmo, Cerralvo Island, and Espiritu Santos.

Why do Mobulas like Espiritu Santo so much? Juveniles are drawn to Ensenada Grande, a shallow bay at Espiritu Santo Island. You will observe and collect data during your dives in the day and at night. Maybe the bay offers protection for feeding and growing?

CHECK OUT what we will be doing to help answer these questions:

Zooplankton tows at different depths to identify the zooplankton community and look for the two main food sources of Mobulas

Microplastic tows at different points during the trip. Mobulas are filter feeders and are likely to ingest large quantities of plastic that are now endangering many species of marine life. Part of the expedition is to study the quantities and composition of plastic fragments found in the water.

Visual census of Mobulas to learn how to identify different species and observe their behavior. Observing and recording the amount of pregnant females, mating train formations, gender recognition, size, and mating scars.

Photo-ID to identify the species – bring your cameras! Notations on gender, size, and reproductive status.

Visual census at Ensenada Grande to collect data on the number, size, gender, and behavior patterns at night and day. We will search for previously tagged Mobulas that are easily visible to divers.

Setting up Remote Underwater Video Stations at night. We will install these cameras, equipped with lights, in different parts of the Ensenada Grande to record behavior and numbers of the mobulas when interacting with divers and how the behavior changes, if at all, when swimming without divers.

Recover and replace some of the acoustic receivers located in the area (to be determined).

PRESENTATIONS

Mobulids of the Gulf
How to identify them, characteristics, what we know, threats, conservation strategies. Presentation by Marta D. Palacios.

Sharks in the Gulf of California
How to identify the different species, where can we find them in the Sea of Cortez, conservation problems. Presentation by Frida Lara Lizardi.

Pelagios Kakunja studies with sharks in Cabo Pulmo
The recovery of top predators. Presentation given by Frida Lara Lizardi.

The Lost Mantas of the Sea of Cortez
Manta birostris characteristics, how to identify them, migration, problems in the past and today’s conservation. Presentation given by Marta D. Palacios.

ITINERARY

This is a unique trip - it's all about Mobulas and our primary goal will be finding them.  This is an excellent time of year and we will be in the best place possible.  The following is our plan yet we will remain flexible should the Mobulas have other things in mind 🙂 

Saturday - Board at 5pm / Depart promptly to begin looking for Mobulas!

Sunday - 2 Dives at Cabo Pulmo / Look for Mobulas - go to Isla Cerralvo

Monday - 2 Dives at Isla Cerralvo and 1 night dive with Mobulas at Ensenada Grande

Tuesday - Wake up at El Bajo and look for Mobulas, 2 dives at Los Islotes and 1 night dive with Mobulas - travel to Las Animas overnight

Wednesday - 4 dives around Las Animas and San Diego - overnight run to La Paz

Thursday - Look for Mobulas around La Paz - 1 to 2 dives on wrecks - start going south overnight

Friday - During the day run south looking for Mobulas all day - overnight run to San Jose del Cabo

Saturday - Disembark at San Jose at 7am

ABOUT THE SCIENTISTS

Marta D. Palacios is a Marine Biologist that earned her degree in the Canary Islands, during which time she had the opportunity to study in the two peninsulas of Mexico. She has collaborated in research around the globe: from projects that study freshwater dolphins in the Amazon and penguins in New Zealand, to monitoring coral reefs in Indonesia and the assessment of environmental impacts from divers in Ecuador. She studied the Oceanic Manta and Mobula Ray population in the Galapagos where she realized the urgency of studying these amazing creatures to help in their protection.

As a Master Student at CICIMAR-IPN, she is currently carrying out a Research project focused on the movements and habitat use of M. munkiana around Espiritu Santo Archipelago in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Manta Trust and Pelagios Kakunja.

Frida Lara Zilardi is originally from Veracruz, México. From a very young age she has shown a special interest in diving and traveling. Frida completed her degree in Marine Biology in Yucatan and obtained a master's degree at the University of London. During her training she has worked in different projects in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, Red Sea and Indian Ocean. She is particularly interested in studying the behavior, conservation and management of sharks. She has been part of the Pelagios Kakunjá team since 2014 and is currently in her last year of her PhD at CICMAR, studying sharks in the Archipelago of Revillagigedo.

Download the Flyer HERE: Citizen_Science_Flyer_Mobulas_November_2017_rev629

November 11 - 20, 2017 / Shark Research

November 11-20, 2017
Dr. James Ketchum
Socorro Islands
Shark Expedition
$3200 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Join the amazing crew of the Quino El Guardian and Dr. James Ketchum on one of the most inspiring dive adventures of your lifetime!

The Revillagigedo Archipelago is filled with over 7 species of sharks, many in unprecedented numbers.

Participate in catching and tagging animals, identification, counts and more.

Enjoy daily presentations on shark ecology, migration, reproduction, and conservation.

Take part as much or as little as you like!

Download the Flyer HERE:  Citizen_Science_Ketchum_Nov_2017

November 21 - 30, 2017 / Shark Research

November 21 - 30, 2017
Dr. Edgar Mauricio Hoyos Padilla
Socorro Islands
Shark Expedition
$3200 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Join the amazing crew of the Quino El Guardian and Dr. Mauricio Hoyas Padilla on one of the most inspiring dive adventures of your lifetime!

The Revillagigedo Archipelago is filled with over 7 species of sharks, many in unprecedented numbers.

Participate in catching and tagging animals, identification, counts and more.

Enjoy daily presentations on shark ecology, migration, reproduction, and conservation.

Take part as much or as little as you like!

Download the Flyer HERE:  Citizen_Science_Hoyos_Nov_2017

 

December 11 - 20, 2017 / Fishes of the Tropical Eastern Pacific & Pristine Marine Reef Ecosystem

December 11 - 20, 2017
Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz 
Dr. Ross Robertson
Socorro Islands
Fishes of the Tropical Eastern Pacific & Pristine Marine Reef Ecosystem
$3200 per person, quad occupancy
About the Trip

Join the amazing crew of the Quino El Guardian, Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz (UABCS) and Dr. Ross Robertson (STRI-Panama) on one of the most inspiring dive adventures of your lifetime!

Dr. Sanchez has extensive knowledge in most all animal species found in the Sea of Cortez and specializes in invertebrates, sea fans, gorgonians, and corals. One-third of the biodiversity of the Sea of Cortez is in corals. It is amazing how little is known about these animals. We need to learn more so that we can care for and conserve them.

Dr. D. Ross Robertson is a world authority on reef fishes. He is a Staff Scientist of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. He specializes in tropical reef fishes: evolution, biogeography, and digital indentification guides.

Enjoy daily research projects and presentations to help answer these questions and more:

- How many fish species are in Revillagigedo Archipelago?
- Where do the species come from?
- How do species become unique at Revillagigedo Archipelago?
- How healthy are the reefs of the Relivillagidedo Archipelago?
- How does climate change or human impacts affecting the biodiversity of the reef?
- Fishes & zooplankton identification workshop

Take part as much or as little as you like!

 

Additional and supporting information can be found here:

http://www.stri.si.edu/sites/drr/book.html

http://www.stri.si.edu/sites/drr/

http://stri.si.edu/english/scientific_staff/staff_scientist/scientist.php

http://datamares.ucsd.edu/eng/ - excellent source of scientific information presented in layman terms

Facebook: PFA UABCS

Download the Flyer HERE: Citizen_Science_Sanchez_December_2017