08/23/2013

A Robot Lab to Survey the Sea Floor

12:22 minutes

Imagine a robotic lab that can sample ocean organisms on its own and perform DNA analysis of what it finds. William Ussler, of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, describes how a prototypical robotic explorer is helping study the life around undersea thermal vents.

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William Ussler

William Ussler is a senior research scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, California.

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