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Oceanography professor to lecture March 7 on deep-sea science

February 25, 2013 -- MSU News Service

John Delaney will lecture March 7 at Montana State University.   High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN -- A free public lecture about the use of submarine cabled networks to understand the complexity of the global ocean will be given at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building at Montana State University.

John Delaney, professor of oceanography at the University of Washington and the principal investigator and director of the National Science Foundation's Regional Scale Nodes Program in the northeast Pacific Ocean, will present "Understanding the Planetary Life Support System: Next Generation Science in the Ocean Basins."

Delaney's research focuses on the deep-sea volcanic activity of the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the northeast Pacific Ocean. He will discuss next-generation ocean science that uses new approaches made possible by distributed, remote, sensor-robotic networks throughout the oceanic environment. Delaney leads a team developing a network that will convert a sector of the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate and overlying ocean into an internationally accessible, interactive, real-time natural laboratory capable of reaching millions of users via the Internet. Such networks are at the leading edge of ocean and earth science research and education. 

Delaney has published nearly 100 papers scientific papers and articles, and has served as chief scientist on more than 45 oceanographic research cruises, many of which have included the Deep Submergence Vehicle Alvin and the Remotely Operated Vehicle Jason. In September 2005, he co-led the VISIONS'05 research expedition, which successfully broadcast the first live, high-definition video from the seafloor across the world. Scientists, educators and the general public viewed the real-time broadcasts from the underwater volcanoes of the northeast Pacific Ocean over cable and satellite television and on the web via the ResearchChannel.

Delaney's lecture is sponsored by MSU's Department of Earth Sciences, and is presented by the College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series. The series, which began in the spring of 2011, brings distinguished scholars to MSU to give a public talk and to meet with faculty and students to enrich the intellectual life on campus and to enhance research connections.

For more information about this and other L&S Distinguished Speakers Series lectures, visit or call (406) 994-4288. 

Evelyn Boswell at (406) 994-5135 or