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Bioinspiration Expedition 2019

Bioinspiration Expedition 2019

The Bioinspiration Group not only observes animals, they collect them using suction samplers and detritus samplers. A member of the science team operates the suction pump while the ROV pilot maneuvers the vehicle to capture the animal.

MBARI Expedition #470

Expedition goal: We will be using a new suite of imaging tools and ROV collections to understand the form and function of midwater animals for bioinspired design applications.

Expedition dates: August 14—20, 2019

Ship: R/V Western Flyer

Research technology:  ROV Doc Ricketts, MiniROV, DeepPIV, EyeRIS imaging systems

Expedition chief scientist: Kakani Katija

For the last two years, the Bioinspiration Lab has been working closely with scientists and engineers to develop technologies that enable the study of animals in the deep sea, in particular in the ocean’s midwater, or the twilight zone. Animals at this depth are uniquely adapted to live in a dark, deep, and cold environment with patchy distributions of prey and other animals, and we want to know how do they do it. What are the mechanisms they use to survive in such a challenging place?

To answer these questions, we team up with researchers across disciplines to study these animals in a difficult-to-access place like the ocean’s midwater, and use instruments and platforms that the Bioinspiration Lab develops. Using ROVs and imaging tools, we hope to learn how elusive animals are uniquely adapted for their environment and how these adaptations can be reverse engineered and utilized for other engineering applications.

About Bioinspiration Expedition 2019

August 14—20, 2019 – The Bioinspiration Group will be using a new suite of imaging tools and ROV collections to understand the form and function of midwater animals for bioinspired design.