Miles G Saunders


Lead Navigator : Mapping Coordinator : Deck Operations

The Ocean Exploration Trust was founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard to engage in pure ocean exploration. Our international programs center on scientific exploration of the seafloor and many of our expeditions are launched from aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, a 64-meter research vessel operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust. In addition to conducting scientific research, we offer our expeditions to explorers on shore via live video, audio, and data feeds from the field. We also bring educators and students of all ages aboard during E/V Nautilus expeditions, offering them hands-on experience in ocean exploration, research, and communications.

Lead Navigator

The Lead Navigator is responsible for monitoring weather and sea-state for safe deployment of ROV Hercules, directs ship during ROV Operations, and trains Navigation Interns to perform watch duties to further the Science objectives.  

Mapping Coordinator

Most of the sea-floor is not mapped in detail. The E/V Nautilus and ROV Hercules are systematically mapping and updating the United States Bathymetry database for a better understanding of our Oceans. 

Deck Operations

A Deck Hand is responsible for the safe deployment of Science platforms into the Ocean, deployment of ROV Hercules and ROV Argus. 


EM302 - Kongsburg Multibeam
- Acquisition and Processing

Tracklink 5000 USBL
- Configuration and Tracking

- Calibration and Maintenance
QPS Data Processing Suite
- Multibeam Processing
- Bathymetry Data Products
- Backscatter Processing
- Data Visualization
OceanScience uCTD
- Deployment / Recovery
- Data Processing
Knudsen Chirp 3260
- Acquisition
Doppler Velocity Log
- Configuration and Tracking
ArcGIS Software Suite
- ROV Dive Planning
- Data Map Products
- Cruise Planning
- Bathymetric Database
HyPack 2016
- Survey Planning
- Vehicle Tracking
NA105 - Shakedown - April 28th - May 8th
NA106 - Osborn Bank - May 9th – May 13th
NA107 - California Mapping - May 14th – May 22nd
NA108 - NASA Subsea - May 23rd  – June 10th
NA110 - Kingman, Jarvis - June 22nd – July 13th
NA111 - Samoan Clipper - July 14th – July 21st
NA112 - NMS Samoa - July 22nd – August 5th
NA113 - Nikamuroro - August 6th – August 26th
NA115 - Clarion Clipperton  - September 18th – October 2nd
NA116 - Cordell Bank - October 3rd - October 11th
NA117 - Monterey Bay NMS - October 12th - October 18th