Scanning the Sea: How I create 3D printable ocean objects using a smartphone and free software.

#OceanOptimism, #SciComm, EducationNovember 7, 2015 • 2~2 min read • 0

From simple sand dollars to life-sized hammerhead shark skulls, 3D printable ocean objects present an incredible opportunity for ocean outreach. Many commercial biological models are expensive, fragile, and often overkill for educators’ needs, where simple, robust, and easily replaceable anatomical models suffice. Over the last year, I’ve been honing my 3D printing skills, learning how […]

Oceanography for Everyone: Empowering researchers, educators, and citizen scientists through open-source hardware

Oceanography for EveryoneOctober 19, 2015 • 1~2 min read

Three years ago, Kersey Sturdivant and myself launched an ambitious crowdfunding project–the OpenCTD–with the plan to produce a low-cost, open-source CTD for thousands of dollars less than the commercial alternative. That campaign fizzled, bringing in barely 60% of our target goal. After taxes and fees, that amounted to about $3500 available to us to play […]

How to pitch an Ocean Kickstarter for us to review

BloggingOctober 12, 2015 • 1~2 min read

I put this up as a closer on our last Ocean Kickstarter selection, and am posting here as a standalone for anyone who may have missed it. Email me at [email protected] with the subject heading: Ocean Kickstarter: Your Project. This isn’t limited to Kickstarter, projects on IndieGoGo, RocketHub, GoFundMe, or any other site are eligible for […]

Ocean Kickstarter of the Month: Meet Norman the Nurse Shark

Education, ScienceOctober 6, 2015 • 2~2 min read

In this book kids learn about sharks and the oceans as they travel with Norman on his adventure through the Bahamas. Sharks4Kids First Book: Meet Norman the Nurse Shark Sharks4Kids is an educational non-profit based in Florida that produces curricula and media designed to teach primary-school age kids about sharks and shark conservation. They also […]

Robots Versus Aliens – Anticipatory conservation in technology-drive initiatives

#OceanOptimism, Conservation, Environmentalism, ScienceSeptember 30, 2015 • 2~3 min read

This week, I and a team of marine ecologist, explorers, and ocean technologists published Robots as vectors for marine invasions: best practices for minimizing transmission of invasive species via observation-class ROVs. This paper, conceived and largely produced during the ROV2PNG Marine Science Short Course in Papua New Guinea, represent the current best practices for minimizing or eliminating the […]

Keeping your robot invasions under control.

Conservation, Education, ScienceSeptember 28, 2015 • 1~2 min read

It’s been a big week for papers here at Southern Fried Science. This morning, Amy, myself, William (of Bomai Cruz fame), and Dominik and Erika of OpenROV published our guidelines on minimizing the potential for microROVs to act as invasive species vectors in Tropical Conservation Science. The abstract: Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) present a potential risk […]

Combating fake science in popular media – six months later

#SciComm • < 1 min read

As noted earlier, David and my paper on twitter, social media, Shark Week, and fake documentaries came out last week. Since scientific publishing has a “long tail” — the time between when we actually wrote the paper and when it was published, in this case, was almost 9 months — we thought it might be […]

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