Eco-Genomic Analyses With and Without Human Control
Compared to the classic oceanographic instruments, cabled-observatories allow for more extensive instrumentation with increases in both duration and complexity of deployed assets. Chris Scholin at MBARI has worked over the last ~20 years to develop an instrument capable of performing in situ, autonomous molecular probe biology; that instrument is called the Environmental Sample Processor or ESP. The ESP has been deployed around the world in multiple configurations, and this talk will show results from three ‘deep’ (>800m) deployments, and provide examples of the triumphs and pitfalls of performing molecular biology at depth.
Jim Birch is the Director of the SURF Center: Sensors, Underwater Research of the Future, which oversees all aspects of ESP development, deployment, and technology transfer. His early background was in evolutionary biology and functional morphology and over the last 17 years, interest in engineering lead to a focus on instrument design. Before coming to MBARI, Jim worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, working on various biodetection technologies and point-of-care diagnostic devices.