DIY for Coastal Researchers: The Arduino Advantage

Last Friday of the month, July - September 2020

1pm CST/2pm ET

Data is the lifeblood of research but coming by it is often cost-prohibitive, due to the expensive nature of commercially available tools. Arduino is an easy-to-use, open-sourced electronics program that has been used by researchers, educators, and programmers worldwide to create simple and inexpensive electronics. Learn about three Arduino-based tools developed by coastal researchers in the U.S. and how you can use or customize them for your research needs, achieving your objectives at a fraction of the cost.

Intended Audiences: Researchers, field technicians, undergraduate and graduate students.; also useful for STEM educators and citizen scientists.



July 30, 2020

Matthew Virden Nigel Temple

Matthew Virden and Nigel Temple are researchers with the Coastal Conservation and Restoration Program out of Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center, where they helped develop and frequently utilize Arduino-based wave gauges to monitor and evaluate coastal restoration projects.

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August 27, 2020

Hannah Walker

Hannah Walker is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California Viterbi, where she developed and tested an Arduino-based device that can inexpensively map the ocean’s bathymetry.

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September 24, 2020

RESCHEDULED for October 22, 2020


Grant Lockridge

Grant Lockridge is an engineering technician at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, where he helped develop an Arduino-based data sonde that can be customized to measure multiple environmental parameters.