Tagging is crucial for gathering data on marine wildlife, however commercially available tags can be very expensive, sometimes costing thousands of dollars. This project, “Sharkduino,” will make low-power, reusable tags for about $200 from existing hardware, including the Arduino Pro Mini. It will also develop signal processing techniques to find out the physical nature and occurrence rate of marine wildlife behavior, which is not well-known.
The project is a collboration between Kevin Weng and Wouter Deconinck, an associate professor of physics. William Laney was the first student to work on the project, developing the hardware for the tags. He won the Alumni Research Prize for physics in 2017. We now have five additional William and Mary undergraduates working on the project: Benjamin Powell, Dara Kharabi, Jina Nam, Hanqiu Peng, and Abby Bilenkin.