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AUV science

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University of South Florida robot uses satellites and Twitter to convey data on ocean conditions-- http://news.usf.edu/article/templates/?a=4299&z=123. Solar-powered AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles) conducts oceanographic transects to sense variety of ocean conditions and events, such as harmful algal blooms, spills of hazardous materials, or detecting ocean sounds, and tweets relevant data to shore.

Andy Shepard is former director and advisor for the Gulf of Mexico Research Collaborative (www.gomurc.org).  Previous experiences include: National Undersea Research Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, as Science Director, marine operations specialist, chief scientist on undersea expeditions, and Center Director (2004-2008); 2008-2011-- Associate Director, Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Fort Pierce, FL.  His research interests include: advanced undersea research technologies for ocean ecosystem studies; research, monitoring and management of benthic habitats and associated living resources; and assessment of fishing gear performance and environmental impacts.
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