"We're...working with the Northeast Underwater Explorers as part of Project Baseline to use divers and their observations, trying to learn about fish distributions and more about the river especially in places that we can't observe with our scientific sampling. In talking with divers and diving myself you realize many of the behavioral interactions and how things function down there really paints a whole different picture of how the ecosystem functions." 2015 Dr. John M. Farrell, Professor of Aquatic and Fisheries Science and Director, Thousand Islands Biological Station, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
- "Working with the New Millennium [Dive Expeditions] and Project Baseline divers allows the scientists at my University (Nevada) to look at the mechanisms of decline with the hope that we can prevent the extinction of these unique creatures. My laboratory staff and I am grateful for the relationship we are developing with our diving partners." 2013 Dr. Sudeep Chandra, Associate Professor, Limnology & Conservation Ecology - University of Nevada, Reno
- "I am not sure if we would have ever been able to get a handle on the extent of known deep water plant beds and their associated endemic invertebrate communities without the help of NMDE [New Millennium Dive Expeditions.] This type of work is really only possible with the assistance of divers on the bottom of the lake with specialized deep water skills and has contributed greatly to our knowledge of the known extent of these specialized biological communities." 2014 Annie Caires, Limnology Research Specialist, Limnology & Conservation Ecology - University of Nevada, Reno
- “It’s great to be working with the Global Underwater Explorers. They gave us great diving assistance to give us extended bottom time for sampling algae that we’re going to analyze for stable nitrogen isotopes…to identify the source of nitrogen that’s fueling…algal blooms.”2014 Dr. Brian Lapointe, Researcher, Center for Marine Ecosystem Health, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
- “This past week’s training has been extremely valuable for us, particularly in highlighting the skills and techniques that can still be developed and improved upon by us individually and as a team. Additional GUE training for our team coupled with the involvement of GUE divers as partners and/or volunteers are both excellent avenues for the advancement of our research and exploration goals.” 2014 Dr. Joshua D. Voss, Center for Marine Ecosystem Health, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
“[I had and] opportunity to work with platforms and people that do very different things that are not immediately within reach of research and when they are, they are really expensive. So, it was a huge opportunity. Project Baseline has several goals that match match my interests and those of my institution.
They are interested in doing research, obtaining “baseline” information from marine ecosystems. We need “baseline” information…to be able to predict how anthropogenic activities will cause changes in the ecosystem. GUE and all the resources that they brought along were really important to explore habitats that are not within reach of normal, conventional, standard means. So, in that sense we are able to see what is deeper and obtain detailed descriptions of deeper communities thanks to GUE, the submersibles and technical divers." 2014 Dr. Pedro Ribeiro, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, IMAR-DOP/UAç, University of the Azores
“We spent a week diving and conducting ROV operations with the Project Baseline team at Matosinhos on the wreck of the U1277.
The team are conducting a detailed wreck conservation and documentation exercise which will provide an invaluable resource for years to come. The wreck itself is somewhat buried in sand and is a challenging dive, however the team could not be more familiar with the location, layout and conditions and their expertise was evident throughout. It is unusual in the diving community to see such a systematic and scientific approach to diving.“ 2015 Dr. Bob Struntz, University of Limerick, Marine Robotics Research Centre, Ireland
NETLAKE (Networking Lake Observatories in Europe) is an EU COST Action (ES 1201) that aims to build a network of sites and individuals to support the development and deployment of sensor-based systems in lakes and reservoirs, and promote their use to address both current and future water quality issues in Europe. Working with the extremely motivated people from Project Baseline:Vinkeveen, Haarlemmerbosplas and Groene Heuvels has been a privilege. They not only provide us with valuable data, but also offer a much needed insight perspective on the do’s and don’ts of citizen science." 2015 Dr. Lisette de Senerpont Domis, Networking Lake Observatories in Europe