Installing a SeapHOx on a temporary mooring in Santa Barbara.

Installing a SeapHOx on a temporary mooring in Santa Barbara.

In collaboration with both OMEGAS and the Santa Barbara Coastal Long-Term Ecological Research Project (SBC-LTER), I have been involved in maintaining long-term oceanographic

datasets of pH sensors based on the Honeywell DuraFET (The SeaFET and its commercialized Satlantic sibling, and its larger brother, the oxygen-pH SeapHOx). These instruments have provided us a glimpse into another world of environmental variability, where coastal processes and biological activity modulate the dissolved gases in water at fantastic magnitudes in nearshore productive areas.

My work in the Hofmann Lab aims to tease apart some of the drivers of pH and oxygen time series through the use of long-term data (few sites, long duration) and targeted deployments (denser sites, shorter durations) to understand spatiotemporal variability at a range of biologically relevant scales.

1606923_10153084731679104_8106658595628234355_nThis work allows me to flex relevant skills that I have picked up and maintained through my interests in electronics and music. Going through UC Santa Cruz’s Electronic Music program (the only program of its kind in the US) gave me an intuitive understanding of signal processing in respect to sound design and processing. These skills were immediately relevant in thinking of cyclical oceanographic time series.

My work with electronics involved programming microcontrollers, writing code (Processing), and soldering. These projects culminated in the launching of weather balloons for Google and NASA for both promotional material and satellite altimetry testing. Many of the friends with whom I worked on this ended up in the tech sector, but I am throughly enjoying the application of this knowledge to advance the field of Global Change Biology.

This branch of my research has also given me the opportunity to dive at all of my research sites. I firmly believe that an intimate immersion into research sites is crucial in order to develop good science, and I am glad that my sensor deployments have allowed me to experience diving at a range of polar and temperate sites.

SeaFET sensor workshop at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, 2014

SeaFET sensor workshop at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, 2014