Project Pegasus

February 27 2017

Project Pegasus is a collaborative subtidal research and outreach project, bringing together a team of high school interns and a graduate student mentor. The high school interns will participate in the construction and implementation of an OpenROV v2.8 remotely operated vehicle. Interns will take an active role in building and using the ROV for a suite of projects related to nearshore ecology and bathymetry in Southern California.

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February 27 2017


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Expedition Background

In 2017 a group of high school interns from the La Jolla Windansea Surf Club and a graduate student from San Diego State University teamed up to tackle research questions related to the nearshore ecology and bathymetry of Southern California.

The traditional marine ecology approach to studying nearshore systems relies heavily on field experiments and manipulations, often times restricting data gathering to those who are scientific-SCUBA certified. Likewise, physical data in the marine environment can be costly to gather and record. At the core of these two disciplines is a desire to understand the marine environment that is both holistic and inclusive. Therefore, OpenROV is the perfect platform; interns will assist with data gathering in a safe yet applicable way without needing formal subtidal experience.

Throughout this internship experience the high school team will help draft grant applications, blog posts and outreach statements as well as strengthening their college applications.

The use of a remotely operated vehicle is the perfect tool for a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding our coastal oceans, as well as engaging with the general public.

This sounds great! Excited to follow along. This idea is key:

"assist with data gathering in a safe yet applicable way without needing formal subtidal experience"

If you develop a method and curriculum for this, it has applications for citizen scientists as well as students.