We at Quixote Expeditions recognize that we sail and travel in a very special place – the Southern Ocean. This Ocean and the lands it surrounds are hard to get to limiting the overall knowledge of this area.
We aim to help transport scientists to these remote locations with our vessels. We achieve this through many means.
- On all of our more passenger based trips we always reserve a free bunk for a research scientist through our Guest scientist program. This allows a scientist free access to his or her research location and allows our guests to participate in real science and gain an even deeper appreciation of our environment.
- We offer our vessels as platforms for purely scientific expeditions.
- We participate in citizen science – whether are on a trip or sailing for fun, we are always collecting data. We collect water samples as part of a global microplastic effort with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation and we have a weather station collecting data for CADIC (the Center for Southern Studies) based in Ushuaia.
Read on to find out more about our science.
Quixote Expeditions also has a Guest Scientist Program where scientists can join any of our regularly scheduled trips in order to help them carry out their research. This can be anyone working on a master’s of PhD thesis, professors and researchers at universities, and scientists associated with non-profits. We offer a free space onboard any of our scheduled trips for scientists to perform their research. We sail in remote places that are often hard for scientists to get to and for those with limited funding, impossible due to the expensive nature of working in remote areas. We hope that by offering these spaces – one per trip, that amazing and interesting science can be continued here at the end of the world. In exchange we ask that the scientists try to involve the other guests onboard with the research and data collecting if possible (its not always possible!). We also want to know more about your interesting research and ask that scientists present some of the current or past research while onboard. For those interested, please download the application form here. Also include your CV along with your application. We can offer free room and board to one scientists per trip. All other related costs are at the expense of the scientists. If your project potentially spans more than one trip, please apply for multiple trips on the application form.
We have worked extensively with scientists (and one of is a geologist) so we understands your needs in the field and onboard.
Living is equally important to working and Ocean Tramp has private cabins that hold 2 guests each, thus ensuring privacy and a bit of personal space at the end of each day.
Ocean Tramp has a Danish Refleks heater, ensuring warm insides, and has a designated place to dry gloves, hats and gear.
We know that electronics and electricity is a must nowadays and everything needs plenty of power, thus Ocean Tramp has 1 permanent diesel generator installed, as well as two portable 4 stroke very quite Honda Genies – 1kw and 2kw, for field work or as a back up. Equally, on board we have a designated area for charging all sort of devices, providing 12v, 110v and 220v.
Quijote is also available for smaller trips of 1 or 2 scientists. She is the perfect boat for taking samples or doing observations of mammals or birds staying put in one place for longer periods of time.
Quijote has a large water and Diesel capacity, very cozy pilot house, private cabins, two heads with hot showers, a very complete work shop, but also has a big aft flat deck, an excellent aft platform for taking samples or disembarking, a dive’r ladder and a full protected cockpit where to dry equipment and gear and stay dry!
Please contact us – as we are very interested in working with scientists.
How We're Involved
Microplastics in the News
While three are many questions to be answered, one of the first steps is to understand what types of plastics have made their way into our waters and how many are there. Both crew from Quijote and from Ocean Tramp have helped with the sampling efforts. We have sampled in the Beagle Channel in fisherman coves, near glaciers, and in the middle of the channel itself. We have also sampled across the Southern Atlantic on our way to the Falklands, up to Uruguay, and even as far north as Brazil. We are helping to fill many of the gaps down here in the southern ocean – Check out ASC’s map below