April 2, 2014
New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110
Shah Selbe, engineer and conservation technologist, National Geographic Emerging Explorer and Marine Conservation Action Fund Grantee
We have seen great strides in establishing marine reserves to allow for the health of our oceans to rebound. However, these reserves risk being ineffective without smarter ways to protect them. The methods currently used tend to be expensive and rely almost entirely on the use of military resources(which tends to put it at a low priority). Shah Selbe is an engineer and National Geographic Explorer who works in identifying innovative approaches and technologies that can help. This includes the development of hardware (low cost conservation drones, acoustic sensors, etc.) and data management solutions (smartphone apps, online databases, satellite imagery, etc.). He created MPA Guardian, a website and smartphone app to allow crowdsourced protection of CA's marine protected area network. He is now working through a grant from National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions to create low cost drones to monitor MPAs. Join Selbe to hear about some of the most promising technologies and his work in the Caribbean on the Waitt Institute's Barbuda Blue Halo initiative.
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