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Andrew David Thaler
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We rigged an OpenROV with a beer delivery payload and sent it out to sea. You can probably guess what happened next. 
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"Citizen science is becoming increasingly important, and the need for both democratizing and decolonizing science will drive much of the evolution of the scientific community in the 21st century. Tools that are effective, cheap, and open-source will play a major role in this transition."
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"Conservation is a lived experience, not theory in a textbook."
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Challenges and stretch goals!

We hit the 50% mark with Buy David Shiffman less ugly sunglasses, so It's time to introduce our challenges and stretch goals!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/buy-david-shiffman-a-less-ugly-pair-of-sunglasses/x/10383894#activity

Announcing the Stretch Goals!
So what happens if we go over? Where does the extra money go? Because our projects have variable budgets, we have a sliding scale for stretch goals.

Up to $4000: Conservation genetics of three shark species, including Great Hammerheads. We're using DNA to unlock the history of shark populations before and after fishing depleted their stocks. Funds will go to lab costs* and consumables. 

$4000: If we hit $4000, we'll be able to take a class from a Title 1 school in the Miami area out on a day long shark tagging expedition. Students will get a hands on experience collecting data and participating in all (safe) components of the research. Funds raised above $4000 will first cover bus costs for the school, then go towards the shark conservation genetics project. 

Over $6000: Help build the ultimate ecodrone. We're building a quadcopter for serious, diverse ecologic research, capable of water take-off and landing. More than 75% of the cost of the drone is already covered, but extra funds means better cameras, water sampling capabilities, and other valuable tools to make this the most capable general use marine ecodrone out there. 
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OpenROV Debrief: Shark Tagging in Miami! 
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You know, it's time to revive this Google+ account and get some interesting discussions going. So, here goes!

Last month I published Sizing ocean giants: patterns of intraspecific size variation in marine megafauna with a truly massive list of co-authors. It's probably my favorite paper that I've ever worked on and spans marine megafauna from the surface to the deep sea. 

So hello, Google+, I'm a co-author on the definitive guide to the biggest marine animals in the oceans. Ask me anything!

https://peerj.com/articles/715/
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Any ideas about why the marine environment favors megafauna?
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"Drilling produces dramatic, profound changes in community composition, completely altering the ecosystem surrounding the drill hole, permanently. And while a drill hole is not a deep-sea mine, similar extractive processes are likely to yield similar results. When it comes the the newly formed, and not yet active, deep-sea mining industry, extreme caution must be taken to ensure that impacted ecosystems are not permanently altered.

So what happens when we punch a hole in the sea floor? In at least one instance, everything changes."
A longtime submariner I know tells the story of a most unusual dive. On this particular plunge, they went down into the briny deep to place what can best be described as a giant manhole cover on th...
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For all our jokes about flying cars and hover boards, the future is pretty awesome. Technology is exciting. Technology is fun. And hardware can serve as much as a platform for physical outreach as WordPress and Twitter have for online outreach. And it’s not just that the technology is there, it’s that the technology is easy.

3D printing lets us take our digital outreach efforts and make them physical.
Last week, we launched a novel little experiment in crowdfunding marine science and conservation - Buy David Shiffman a Less Ugly Pair of Sunglasses - ostensibly about replacing David's legendarily...
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David Shiffman has spent his life saving sharks. Isn't it time he did so in style?

Fact: David wears ugly sunglasses.
Fact: You can fix this.
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Star Trek reached so far into our global consciousness, that when we asked our students in Papua New Guinea to carve a tether reel for their OpenROVs, they made a bat'leth. 

Live long and prosper.
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In the end, it turns out that Rapture, like Andrew Ryan and the objectivist philosophy that inspired his utopia, though grand in vision, is ultimately much shallower than it first appears.
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Benthic Mercenary (Freeland Marine Biologist)
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  • Benthic Mercenary
    Freelance Marine Biologist, present
    Doing my part to promote ocean education through teaching and research.
  • Duke University Marine Lab
    Graduate Student, 2007 - 2012
  • Duke University Marine Lab
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2012 - 2013
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Baltimore, MD - Durham, NC - Beaufort, NC - Eleuthera, Bahamas
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Deep-sea ecology, population genetics, conservation
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I'm a deep-sea ecologist and the founder and Senior Editor of Southern Fried Science. Ask me about the ocean's deepest ecosystems.
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  • Nicholas School of the Environment
    Marine Science and Conservation, 2007 - present
  • Duke University
    Biology, 2003 - 2007
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