Science Made Public is an annual, summertime series of publicly accessible talks by scientists and engineers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. All talks take place on Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. in WHOI's Ocean Science Exhibit Center, 15 School Street, Woods Hole.
July 11, 2017 • 3 P.M.
How to Teach your AUV New Tricks
Erin Fischell, Assistant Scientist, Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering
Robotics has gotten more sophisticated over the last few years. Everywhere you look, there are drones, self-driving cars, and other autonomous platforms. In the ocean environment, robots have been limited by cost, communication, and navigation issues, so that robots have been mostly used for simple, pre-scripted missions using individual autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). But that’s changing. Learn how advances in practical lowcost sensing, navigation and autonomy are enabling a new wave of lowcost, miniature AUVs that can navigate, sense their environment, and work together to create virtual arrays.
July 18, 2017 • 3 P.M.
Invasion of the Body-Snatchers
Carolyn Tepolt, Assistant Scientist, Biology
In the Gulf of Mexico, a parasitic barnacle tunnels into mud crabs and turns them into zombie nursemaids for the parasite’s offspring. This parasite infects just 1 to 5 percent of crabs in its native Gulf range, but it has invaded the mid-Atlantic where more than 70 percent of crabs are infected in some areas. Learn what field surveys, laboratory infections, and DNA are telling us about how this body-snatching parasite is shaping the evolution of its crab host.
July 25, 2017 • 3 P.M.
March of the Many: Collective Behavior in Emperor Penguin Colonies
Daniel P. Zitterbart, Postdoctoral Scholar, Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering
The emperor penguin, an iconic polar seabird, is dependent on sea ice and thereby very sensitive to its changes. If sea ice decreases, local and global bird populations are predicted to decline by the end of the century. Little is known about their year-round behavior and how much they might be able to cope with a changing habitat. Learn interesting facts on emperor penguin behavior and how WHOI scientists study emperor penguins using the latest remote observing systems.