Science and Research

The 2015 RAMP Expedition to Papahānaumokuākea Embarks

A diver encounters a school of ulua aukea, or giant trevally.
A diver encounters a school of ulua aukea, or giant trevally (Caranx ignobilis) while conducting a survey at French Frigate Shoals. Credit: Tate Wester/UH-Mānoa

On July 27, 2015, the 2015 Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (RAMP) expedition departed to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands aboard NOAA Ship Hiʻialakai. Researchers will visit French Frigate Shoals, Midway Atoll and Lisianski Island within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to conduct various research activities, including:

  • Monitoring reef fish, algae, corals and other invertebrates
  • Coral studies
  • Maritime Heritage Exploration

All of these research activities improve our understanding of the region's marine systems and features and help us to better manage the Monument.

Regular updates from the cruise will be posted on this page, as well as our Facebook site.

Expedition Log

Click on the date below to learn more about the daily events.

Kanoelani Steward, Marine Science and Hawaiian Studies Graduate July 28, 2015
Meet the Participants
All ship crew and scientists must practice donning their survival suits. July 31, 2015
First Two Days at Sea and Entry Into Papahānaumokuākea
Hawaiian green sea turtles August 3, 2015
Monitoring Sea Turtles by Moonlight
Coral health team divers Kanoelani Steward and Courtney Couch taking visual observations of the reef. August 12, 2015
Studying Coral Health In Papahānaumokuākea
This year's RAMP expedition includes six science interns. From left to right: TNC Fellow Kalani Quiocho, UH-Hilo graduate Kanoelani Steward, UH-Hilo student Kailey Pascoe, UH-Mānoa student Tate Wester, UH MOP student Julia Rose, and UH-Mānoa student Rebecca Weible. August 24, 2015
The QUEST – Mentoring the Next Generation of Marine Scientists in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Stern wheel from Navy tanker <em>Mission San Miguel</em> (as it lays on its port side). August 26, 2015
Diving into History
By guest blogger Melissa Price