From all the way in landlocked Arizona, Assistant Professor Michael Shafer is playing a huge role in wildlife monitoring research in our oceans. While research with GPS monitors placed on animals is typically limited because of short battery life, Shafer is developing means for GPS tags to sustain longer battery lives in nature, even enough to upload precious data to satellites rather than a computer chip that has to be retrieved.
Michael Shafer was awarded a $634,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop energy-harvesting technologies for monitoring marine mammals. This work will lead to more efficient monitoring technologies and more robust studies of marine mammals. .