New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration: The E/V Nautilus 2014 Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Field Season is the fifth consecutive March supplement to accompany Oceanography. These booklets provide details about the innovative technologies Exploration Vessel Nautilus deploys to investigate the seafloor and explain how telepresence can both convey the excitement of ocean exploration to global audiences in real time and allow scientists on shore to participate in expeditions. The supplements also describe the variety of educational programs the Ocean Exploration Trust supports in partnership with schools, museums, and aquariums; internships that bring high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, and teachers on board Nautilus; and the preliminary results from the past year’s field season. Through these supplements, we have explored the geology, chemistry, biology, and archaeology of the Mediterranean, Aegean, Black, and Caribbean Seas. In celebration of these accomplishments, I share just a few of my favorite images captured by Nautilus surveys over these past five years. Next March, we look forward to bringing you the story of the first Nautilus adventure in the Pacific Ocean.
– Ellen S. Kappel, Editor