Monthly Webinar Series

We bring the COBRA community together through this monthly webinar series. These virtual events will be held on the first Tuesday of each month at 3:00 – 4:30PM Eastern Time, with a regular rotation of science and professional development topics. Each workshop contains 90 minutes of programming, including a short community building ice breaker, invited speaker plenary tutorials and presentations, and plenary Q&A sessions. To foster an open environment for discussion, only presentations and Q&A may be recorded. Please let us know your suggestions for speakers/topics for future COBRA webinars here!

July 2, 2024 (3:00 – 4:30PM EDT, UTC-4)

Baselines, thresholds of harm, and monitoring strategies for microbial ecosystem services that could be impacted by deep-sea mining

Dr. Beth Orcutt (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and Associate Director of COBRA) and Dr. Julie Huber (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Director of COBRA)

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Upcoming Webinars

No August webinar

September 3, 2024 (3:00 – 4:30PM EDT, UTC-4)
Ocean Discovery League Training Course
Dr. Katy Croff Bell (Ocean Discovery League)

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Previous Webinars

June 4, 2024
Challenger 150: what is it, what has it done, and what can it do for you?
Dr. Kerry Howell (University of Plymouth)

May 6, 2024
“Was not expecting that” and other lessons learnt from the NorthEast Pacific Deep-sea Exploration Project (NEPDEP)
Dr. Cherisse Du Preez (Head of the Deep-sea Ecology Program, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Adjunct at the University of Victoria, and Co-founder and Lead of NEPDEP)

April 1, 2024
Deep-Sea Research in Costa Rica: The Importance of International Collaboration
Dr. Jorge Cortés (Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (CIMAR) & Escuela de Biología, Universidad de Costa Rica)

March 4, 2024
Ocean Exploration Opportunities with Ocean Exploration Trust and Schmidt Ocean Institute
Dr. Dan Wagner (Chief Scientist at the Ocean Exploration Trust) and Leonard Pace (Science Program Senior Manager at the Schmidt Ocean Institute)

January 9, 2024
Microbial reactivity associated with subsurface geoengineering
Dr. Benedicte MENEZ (Institut de physique du globe de Paris – Université Paris Cité France)

Recording not available

December 5, 2023
What do we really know about deep ocean critical minerals?
Dr. Amy Gartman (US Geological Survey)

November 7, 2023
The Status of Deep-Sea Mining in Norway
Dr. Steffen Leth Jørgensen, Dr. Pedro A. Ribeiro, and Dr. Eoghan P. Reeves (University of Bergen)

September 7-8, 2023
Special Event – Two Day Short Course (Virtual)
Introduction to Ocean Governance: Insights into Ongoing Policy Process and Lessons for Early Career Professionals
Co-hosted by: Dr. Beth Orcutt (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and Associate Director of COBRA) and Dr. Ben Boteler (Research Institute for Sustainability (RIFS) in Potsdam and TMG Think Tank for Sustainability)

August 10, 2023
Update on deep-sea mining negotiations and addressing knowledge gaps for developing robust baselines, thresholds, and monitoring for protection of the marine environment
Dr. Beth Orcutt (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and Associate Director of COBRA) and Dr. Diva Amon (Director of SpeSeas)

June 6, 2023
A Future for Carbon Dioxide Removal below the Deep Sea
Dr. Martin Scherwath (Ocean Networks Canada and SolidCarbon)

May 2, 2023
What the UN’s High Seas Treaty Means for Deep-Sea Science
Dr. Jeff Marlow (Boston University)
Dr. Rebecca Helm (Georgetown University)

Recording not available

April 4, 2023
EMSO – Azores Observatory Science and Opportunities
Dr. Marjolaine Matabos (IFREMER, France)

March 10, 2023
The Status of Deep-Sea Mining
Dr. Diva Amon (Director of SpeSeas) and Hannah Lily (Independent Consultant – Ocean, Natural Resources, and Regulatory Law)

February 7, 2023
Ocean Exploration Opportunities with Schmidt Ocean Institute and Ocean Exploration Trust
Leonard Pace (SOI) and Dr. Dan Wagner (OET)

January 10, 2023
Impacts of Deep Seabed Mining – Results from Independent Scientific Monitoring
Dr. Matthias Haeckel (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany)

November 1, 2022
Deep-Sea Expedition Leadership Capacity Building with the COBRA Master Class
Dr. Beth Orcutt (Senior Research Scientist at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and Director of COBRA)

About the COBRA Webinar Series

The layout of the 90-minute meetings (all 3:00 – 4:30PM Eastern Time on the first Tuesday of each month) is anticipated to be:

  • Welcome (10 minutes)
  • Community building ice breaker (10 minutes; in breakout rooms if the group is large)
  • Plenary talk(s) (30 minutes)
  • Open Q&A (30 minutes)
  • Wrap up (10 minutes)

COBRA is committed to providing a virtual meeting space where all participants feel welcome, safe, and included. By registering for and attending the meeting, you agree to review and abide by our non-discriminatory Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy in line with our commitment to contributing to making deep-sea research more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive.

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