Meet the Team: We are the 2018 Bass Connections team, working with the Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab. We’re excited to share our research path with you as we develop methods to evaluate coastal habitats using unoccupied aerial systems, or drones. Our team is led by postdoctoral researcher Dr. Justin Ridge, who received his
MaRRS Lab lead engineer Julian Dale, PhD student KC Bierlich, and Dr. Dave Johnston travelled to Santa Barbara and Monterey, California in August to work with researchers from Stanford University, West Chester University, and Saint Louis University. Together, they tagged and collected drone based aerial imagery of blue and humpback whales off the coast off of California. By comparing
Lead Engineer, Julian Dale, travelled to Scotland earlier this summer to work with Aberdeen University’s Paul Thompson and Barbara Cheney on their long-term bottlenose dolphin study. Julian flew our LEMHex (hexacopter) over pods of bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth to obtain clear images of dolphins in order to take body measurements. UAS photogrammetry techniques can be useful to study bottlenose dolphin health. Paul and Barbara
This past February, the team – both people and aircraft! – became reunited under one roof. Housed in the iconic Duke Marine Lab Boathouse, the facility remodel, which combines work stations, classroom and meeting space, and an engineering workshop, was made possible through a $310,434 Facilities Grant from the National Science Foundation.
At the end of World War I, the U.S. Navy had excess logistics ships and the decision was made to scuttle over 100 of the ships, averaging 280 feet in length, and push them into a small area on the east side of the Potomac River called Mallows Bay. Ecological disaster, right!? Well, in this