About us


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.

 GNS Science.We are New Zealand's leading provider of Earth, geoscience and isotope research and consultancy services. We apply our scientific knowledge from the atomic to the planetary scale to create wealth, protect the environment, and improve the safety of people.

The Navy is part of the New Zealand Defence Force and works closely with the Army and the Air Force, as well as other Government and non-government agencies including the Ministry of Primary Industries, New Zealand Police and Customs.

The team

WHOI Team
Carl Kaiser is the operations manager of Sentry. He will be in charge of running Sentry’s trips to the sea floor. Carl has a group of engineers (Andy, Justin, Sean, Zach) working alongside him who will be assisting with deployment and recovery of Sentry.

GNS Science
Cornel de Ronde (Chief Scientist)
Cornel is a research geologist with GNS Science. He is the Chief Scientist on this project, and has conducted a lot of research in this area of New Zealand.

Fabio Caratori Tontini

Fabio is a marine geophysicist with GNS Science and will be running the regional gravity and magnetic surveys of the sea floor when Sentry is back aboard the Wellington.

Christian Timm

Christian is a petrologist with GNS Science. We will be dropping Christian at Raoul Island where he will be collecting rock samples.

Arran Murch

Arran is a PhD student at University of Otago studying explosive submarine volcanism. Arran will be assisting Fabio with running the magnetic surveys.

National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA)
Sharon Walker
Sharon is an oceanographer with NOAA. Sharon researches chemical and biological changes in the water column to help zero in on the location of hydrothermal systems. 

Canterbury University
Josh Hayes
is normally a post-graduate earth science student at Canterbury University. He has taken a breather from uni to travel to the KermadecArc to report on some exciting research on submarine volcanoes. In this blog, he provides a bird's eye view of a joint project involving GNS Science, & Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and the Royal New Zealand Navy. His reports are coming direct from HMNZS Wellington, which is currently northeast of New Zealand.

This will be an absolutely fantastic research journey, and I look forward to providing updates on this blog!
That is all for now. Tomorrow we depart!!!