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Waitt Institute

The Waitt Institute is a non-profit research organization that serves as an exploration catalyst, enabling scientific pioneers to transform the ways in which discoveries are made. More »



Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

The Waitt Institute has partnered with Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute to bring their ocean exploration expertise and resources to the first two CATALYST expeditions in the form of logistics and science plan development, as well as to charter their Research Vessel Seward Johnson as the first CATALYST launch vessel for the Institute’s two Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs).

About HBOI
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (Harbor Branch), a research institute of Florida Atlantic University carries out oceanographic research in Florida’s waters and around the world. The research institute focuses on aquaculture, drug discovery from marine organisms, ocean engineering, marine ecosystem health and ocean exploration. Harbor Branch is located on the Indian River Lagoon near Fort Pierce on Florida’s central east coast and is home to some of the world’s leading ocean science laboratories. Harbor Branch provides a unique combination of specialized capabilities, allowing for exploration of almost every aspect of the world’s oceans.

HBOI Mission
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University (HBOI) is comprised of 140 scientists, engineers, mariners and support personnel, whose mission is Ocean Science for a Better WorldTM.

In the deep sea, our ship and research submersibles enable us to explore and work in depths as great as 3,000 feet. Our scientists study and unravel the ocean’s mysteries and identify unique organisms whose chemical components are evaluated for their disease-fighting potential.

Closer to our coastlines, we study deep and shallow coral reefs, sea grasses and marine mammals to see how these communities are affected by human impacts.

On land, our aquaculture team works on new ways to farm seafood, and our engineers support research and exploration missions with custom-designed platforms, vehicles, tools and instruments.

In the classroom, our specialized graduate and undergraduate programs in marine science and biotechnology give students a chance to augment textbook learning with the resources of a leading oceanographic institute.

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) developed and engineered the original REMUS autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and the Waitt Institute has provided support for an AUV operations team based at Woods Hole, possessing the expertise to conduct CATALYST AUV operations anywhere in the world.

About WHOI
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is the world’s largest, private nonprofit ocean research, engineering and education organization and is dedicated to advancing our understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society. The Institution’s shore-based laboratories are located in the village of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and on the 200-acre Quissett Campus one-and one-half miles away.

More than 1000 research projects are underway at the Institution at any given time as WHOI staff work with colleagues around the world at the forefront of oceanographic investigations. WHOI is organized into five scientific departments: Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering, Biology, Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry, Geology & Geophysics and Physical Oceanography—plus a Marine Policy Center. In 2000, it established four interdisciplinary institutes: the Coastal Ocean Institute, the Deep Ocean Exploration Institute, the Ocean Life Institute and the Ocean and Climate Change Institute.

The Institution operates a regional class and two global class research vessels, as well as a smaller ship for coastal research. A leader in the development of deep-sea exploration vehicles and home to the National Deep Submergence Facility, WHOI operates Alvin, the nation’s deepest diving manned submersible, the ROV Jason, and the newly-developed Sentry for the U.S. oceanographic community. In addition, WHOI personnel design and operate a suite of REMUS vehicles (Remote Environmental Monitoring UnitS), autonomous underwater vehicles used for oceanographic surveys and environmental monitoring.

Throughout its history, WHOI investigators have made seminal discoveries about the ocean that have contributed to improving the environment, human health, commerce, national security and the quality of life for current and future generations.

WHOI Mission Statement
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society.

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