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Biosensors for Real-time Sensing of the Marine Environment

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Funding Year: 2020

Research Areas: Oceans

Regions: No Continent

Current efforts to track marine animals primarily depend on rigid and heavy tags that require invasive attachment techniques. This project will build a lightweight, non-invasive tag.

Adopting skin-like sensors used to develop wearable technology such as activity trackers, the researchers will develop a small wearable multisensory tag capable of withstanding harsh ocean environments. This will allow safe, cutting-edge approaches to monitor and assess marine life and ecosystem health to support conservation and management.

Learn more about the Realizing Environmental Innovation Program and other funded projects.

Principal Investigators:

Barbara Block (Biology)

Zhenan Bao (Chemical Engineering)

Sherman Lo (Aeronautics and Astronautics)

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