Exploration Projects
Engineering Projects

The primary reason for the existence of AME is to conduct projects associated with exploring marine environments. Most projects involve exploration of marine environments through diving expeditions, but AME is involved in various engineering projects to design or enhance equipment used for conducting marine exploration.


American Samoa 2016

NOAA is funding a project to America Samoa to explore deep coral reefs.

Papua New Guinea 2016

AME Chief Science Officer Dr. Sonia J. Rowley heads to Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, to conduct surveys of Gorgonian corals.

Pohnpei 2016

AME deep diving team of Sonia J. Rowley, Brian D. Greene and Richard L. Pyle are joined by BOD members Ken Longenecker and Luiz Rocha on a return visit to Pohnpei, to continue exploration of the deep coral reefs surrounding Pohnpei and nearby Ant and Pakin Atolls.

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands 2016

Once again, AME Board members join a team of technical divers for NOAA's Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to explore deep coral reefs in the little-known but hugely important Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Pohnpei 2015

A team of AME divers conducted a three-week expedition to Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands 2015

AME Rebreather divers Richard Pyle, Rob Whitton and Josh Copus embark on the annual journey to explore deep coral reefs within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

Electric Underwater Vacuum Collector

AME designed, developed and built the first Electric Underwater Vacuum Collector (EUVC), intended to help collect specimens while diving on deep coral reefs.

Philippines 2013

AME helped support this expedition jointly organized by the University of Hawaii and Bishop Museum, with a team from the California Academy of Sciences, to explore deep coral reefs in Anilao, Philippines.

Philippines 2014

A team of AME divers joined a expedition organized by the California Academy of Sciences to continue exploration of deep coral reefs in Anilao, Philippines.

Pohnpei 2014

A team of deep rebreather divers from Bishop Museum and the University of Hawaii, most of whom are AME Board members, conducted a three-week expedition to Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands 2014

For the sixth consecutive year, AME divers joined a research team aboard the NOAA vessel R/V Hi'ialakai to survey deep coral reefs throughout the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

West Oahu 2003

West Oahu 2003.

Pulley Ridge 2005

Pulley Ridge 2005 Expedition (June)

Portable Fill Station

Portable, Modular Fill Station.

Kiritimati 2005

Dive Locker

The Schmidt Ocean Institute funded a renovation to the Dive Locker used to maintain and organize equipment used on AME dive projects.

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