Science

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.  

Scientists

Onboard

Chartering

Scientific Expeditions

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.

Fine Out More
Quixote Expeditions has 2 vessels, both of which are very well suited for scientific work. Ocean Tramp is a larger vessel able to carry up to 8 scientists and is able to carry the equipment necessary for most expeditions. Ocean Tramp also has a separate desk / work area that can accommodate up to 2 people working, away from the main living area. Ocean tramp has 2 zodiacs that can easily carry scientists and gear ashore for shore based work. The open clear deck also makes working from the vessel an easy option as well. Ocean Tramp also has a permanently installed projector and screen onboard, allowing for reviews of the daily work, or final presentations of the trip, or even for movie time at the end of the day!

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.

Results

Insights and Results from Science Onboard Ocean Tramp

Microplastics

How We're Involved

Microplastics in the News

Since 2013 the crew of Quixote Expeditions have helped to collect water samples for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. Its what we do in our spare time!! Microplastics, defined as any plastic particle less than 5mm, ASC and its partner scientists are discovering – are pretty much everywhere in our ocean. The effect is still unknown – are these ingested by fish and other aquatic animals thinking its food? does it stay in their systems? if it breaks down further what toxins are released?

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

Where are ASC's Microplastic Samples?

Scroll South for our samples

YOU

HOW YOU CAN HELP

What you can do today from home to help science in Antarctica
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Count Penguins

Help count and monitor penguin colonies with Penguin Watch. All that is required is a computer and and internet connection. Help click through photos to identify penguins.
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Collect Data

Do you spend time outside? Small or big adventures – Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation can probably use your help. They have multiple citizen science projects and one just might fit you.
Start Adventuring
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Count Seals

Help count Weddell Seals in the Ross Sea. Its a hard to get to place, to Satellites are the best way to count. All you need is your computer and an internet connection and you can help contribute to Antarctic Science.
Start Counting
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Join Us On a Trip

Join us on a trip where we bring scientists to Antarctica and other hard to reach places in the Southern Ocean. All of our passengers can help participate in science as we sail through these amazing places. By going on the trip, your trip fee helps support the scientists onboard.
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