Redefining Australian Ocean Exploration
Australian Oceanographics provides access to state-of-the-art underwater research vehicles, technology and equipment operated by a team of experienced personnel.
Supporting Scientific and Commercial Entities
Australian Oceanographics is committed to providing a unique and innovative service to all types of clients. Our suite of underwater tools and equipment has the potential to be used across a wide range of applications.
We can assist in the operation of High-Definition camera equipment and hydraulic manipulator arms to capture stunning underwater footage.
Utilising state-of-the-art equipment such as the DeepWorker 2000 submersibles we are able to help organisations collect delicate research samples.
We continuously update and expand our range of underwater tools, including custom design, fabrication and deployment of ocean engineering and technology systems.
Australian Oceanographics (AO) mission is to actively provide the Public and Private sector organisations along with the general public, the tools and support systems to undertake research activities in an affordable and sustainable manner.
Our objectives include advancing Australia’s ocean research capabilities to become a world leader in the marine science and technology communities while providing Australian scientists an affordable means to conduct their research.
The scientific studies conducted through AO will contribute to creating a better understanding of our ocean resources and how to use them wisely for the benefit of business, government, public and the environment.
Our goal to give both corporations and private citizens a way to actively participate in the exploration, discovery and study of Australia’s oceans will assist in the sustainable management of our coastal and deep-sea ecosystems while maintaining a high level of public outreach.
Founded in 2009 by company Director, Don Schofield, Australian Oceanographics (AO) was formed with the belief that our marine zones need to be better explored, studied and documented.
Mr Don Schofield, Founder & CEO
Don Schofield’s extensive and unique career has led him to identify the importance of marrying together credible science with practical applications for the working world; one of Australian Oceanographics’ key objectives.
With a background in science, decades of experience in worldwide natural resources industries and a master’s degree in marine geology, Don recognised the necessity to support the exploration, research and documentation of Australia’s oceans.
Through his experiences working with the renowned Nekton Gamma and other human-occupied submersibles within the USA, Don saw the need to introduce this type of novel underwater vehicle and other advanced tools into Australian waters. Don’s passion for the oceans and his experience in directing innovative and leading-edge projects around the world support the company’s progression and continues to lead the Australian Oceanographics team.
Mr Cameron Schofield, Founder & COO
Cameron was a founding member of Australian Oceangraphics, driven towards its inception through a passion for preserving the natural world for the conservation of all species, enjoyment of future generations and the vast potential for undiscovered resources.
As Operations Manager, Cameron was heavily involved in AO’s complete refit and sea trials of two DeepWorker 2000 manned submersibles for research diving, also training as a pilot.
Cameron also has extensive experience and expertise in client/stakeholder engagement and management, business operations including non-profit entities, safe operations of equipment/vehicles and end-user support.
Joanne Marras Tate
Joanne Marras Tate is a marine biologist and communication & media specialist. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Environmental Communication at the University of Colorado in Boulder working towards better understanding human nature relations in educational and entertainment facilities around the world.
She has been with AO since 2012 as team member working on marketing, social media, and creative content for public outreach and educational exhibits. Joanne’s expertise in environmental communication and media brings to AO an innovative lens to approach studying and documenting marine sciences and ways to engage the public in current research.
Australian Oceanographic Foundation