Science Under Sail Research

SUSA undertakes its own research projects as well as facilitating other researchers by providing a safe, stable liveaboard research platform that can move to the location where the research needs to occur.

In 2019 the expedition through the Great Barrier Reef collected 1,371 data points during benthic habitat surveys along the coast of Queensland.

Examples of our research projects include:

  • Benthic habitat surveys in Moreton Bay, Hervey Bay and many regions of Great Barrier Reef.
  • Working with researchers from the University of Queensland to conduct research on bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) acoustic communication.
  • Working with researchers from the Queensland University of Technology to train robots to identify Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS). These robots have been developed to undertake benthic habitat surveys as well as to detect and kill COTS.
  • Ground truthing the remote sensing maps of coral habitat on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Mapping of seabed bathymetry and identifying paleo channels.
  • Surveys and ecological studies of sea cucumbers in the lagoons of coral reefs.

We work with researchers from the University of Queensland to study bottlenose dolphin acoustic communication.