RGC Alum Selected to Explore the Ocean

 Michael Brunt-Courtesy photo

From information provided by the Ocean Exploration Trust

Eagle Pass, Texas-Michael Brunt, environmental science teacher at Eagle Pass High School, has been selected as a 2014 Science Communication Fellow by the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) and will join the Corps of Exploration aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus July 16-26 as they explore the Gulf of Mexico.

Brunt graduated from Sul Ross-Rio Grande College with a Master's of Education in 2011, and said, “I have always had a fascination towards ocean research and exploration with hopes to someday be part of an ocean expedition. I think the OET Exploration Program is on the forefront of ocean research and discovery, and I am thrilled and honored to be given the opportunity to be part of the team aboard the Nautilus!”

He joins 22 educators and 24 students from around the world chosen from a competitive pool of applicants who will be a part of ocean expeditions onboard the Nautilus exploring waters off the coast of the United States, Belize, Honduras, Jamaica, and Grenada.

“One of the major goals of our Nautilus Exploration Program is to inspire the next generation of explorers in STEM fields,” said Expedition Leader and OET Executive Vice President, Dr. Katherine Croff Bell, “so we’re very excited to provide educators and students with the direct experience of pure exploration, while allowing them the opportunity to share their experience far and wide with their peers.”

The Science Communication Fellowship Program will bring 21 communicators – including 5 returnees that will serve as mentors on the ship for new Fellows – hailing from across the US, New Zealand, Australia, Wales, Jamaica, and Northern Ireland to sea in 2014. Science Communication positions entail two-week periods working aboard E/V Nautilus as key communicators of the expedition to public audiences following the exploration online and in public venues. An equally important aspect of the program is that the Fellows bring the expedition and excitement of ocean exploration back to their home communities after they have returned from sea by incorporating their experience into classroom lesson plans, community presentations, and through informal educational opportunities. The Science Communication Fellowship is made possible with sponsorship from Bechtel, the Office of Naval Research, the Viola and Panthers Foundations, and private donations.

Follow Michael Brunt live at www.nautiluslive.org while he is onboard E/V Nautilus exploring the Gulf of Mexico this July 16-26 and tune in anytime from June 11 through October 9 as the Corps of Exploration stream their exploration and discoveries live. Also follow the adventures on social media at Nautilus Live on Facebook and @EVNautilus on Twitter.

About the Nautilus Exploration Program

The Nautilus Exploration Program was founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard. Our international exploration program centers on scientific exploration of the seafloor launched from aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, a 64-meter research vessel currently based in the Caribbean Sea and additional research vessels. In addition to conducting pure scientific research, the Nautilus Exploration Program offers live video, audio and data feeds from the ship to explorers on shore via telepresence. The Program also includes an education component that brings educators and students on ocean expeditions. The 2014 Nautilus Exploration Program sponsors are the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Bechtel, Sea Research Foundation, Office of Naval Research, the Viola and Panthers Foundations, Alcoa, National Geographic Society, University of Rhode Island, and additional private donors.