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 have and do work with many different groups from collecting data for microplastic research to Plankton samples. Our passengers get to help too!
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.
Ocean Tramp is a large 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.
We are a well equipped boat – please see details in our fleet section.
Please contact us – as we are very interested in working with scientists.
Getting Everyone Involved
From 2013-2017, the crew of Quixote Expeditions has helped to collect water samples for Adventure Scientists. Its what we do in our spare time!! Microplastics are defined as any plastic particle less than 5mm. Adventure Science and its partner scientists are discovering microplastics 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. Crew 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 the map below
Most of the big animals that we all know and love in Antarctica – Humpback whales, seals, penguins all have one thing in common – they love to eat krill, tiny shrimp like creatures. But what do krill eat? Phytoplankton – particularly the larger ones – yum. Thus understanding the super tiny phytoplankton in Antarctica is super important to understanding everything else up the food chain.
Quixote Expeditions is participating in FjordPhyto, a project based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. As we sail through Antarctica we will be collecting samples of phytoplankton, as well as supplementary information such as water temperature and salinity to help scientists better understand the phytoplankton that live here and under what conditions. Scientists will be looking at them under microscopes and using genetic analysis. Passengers get to help in the collection of data!