Andrew David Thaler is creating
innovative solutions for ocean science and conservation.
Fighting for the oceans in a changing world.
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Southern Fried Travel Bugs
We want to spread the message of #OceanOptimism around the world and through as many different media as possible. Geocaching is great way to get people outside and thinking about the world around them. At this funding level, I'll produce a series of custom travel bugs to be deposited at geocaches around the country with a set of ocean-themed travel destinations. We'll track these bugs and update everyone as they make their way from ocean to ocean.
Help Build the Ultimate Marine Ecology Drone
We're building a drone, but not just any drone. This quadcopter will have water take-off and landing capabilities and an array of ocean sensors. This drone will be deployed throughout the Chesapeake Bay with local researchers to help better understand our changing marine environment.
Unlock the secret history of Hammerhead Sharks!
Hammerhead sharks have suffered tremendous declines in the last several decades and now face the threat of extinction. In partnership with colleagues at the University of Miami, we're using genetic tools to unlock historic patterns of population structure in order to understand the extent and impact of the current decline.
Marine Science and Conservation Mercenary. Deep-sea Ecologist. Population Geneticist. The deep sea is Earth's last great wilderness.
Vallejo, CA, USA
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Who am I?
I am a deep-sea ecologist, conservation geneticist, and defender of the ocean. I investigate ways in which marine populations, particularly in the deep-sea, are connected across space and time using genetic data. My research lies at the intersection of science, policy, and the environment.
Science is one tool to help protect the ocean, but it is not the only one. When coupled with effective outreach, scientists and ocean advocates can leverage the authority of science to implement policy and social change. Seven years ago, I founded Southern Fried Science, one of the most widely read ocean science and conservation blogs in the world, with an annual readership in excess of 1 million unique views.
Through Southern Fried Science, my team and I have implemented education and outreach initiatives ranging from the goofy to the deadly serious. We’ve leveraged our audience to produce diverse, engaging, and often viral ocean content. We’ve produced ocean art and even oceanographic instruments. We model sea level rise by request. My work in marine policy helped shaped international ocean policy. In short, we’re drawing from a vast toolbox to develop new methods of engaging the public on ocean issues.
What you’re funding
Your monthly donation will allow me to run Southern Fried Science and produce innovative ocean outreach initiatives. If you like Deep Sea Fauna with Googly Eyes, #DrownYourTown, Exploding Whales, the science of Aquaman, the OpenCTD, or any of my ongoing projects, your support will ensure that they continue.
But that’s not enough. We need to continue to develop new, novel education and outreach projects that bring ocean science and conservation to an even larger audience. Your support will allow me to commit to bigger, better, deeper outreach initiatives. Chief among my ongoing projects is to build the ultimate marine ecology drone.
You’re also funding Science! I’m exploring new ways to fund conservation-directed scientific research as an independent scientist. Having financial stability will allow me to commit my time not only to ocean outreach, but also to my ongoing research projects, several of which are partially funded and can be completed with your help.
Please note: Because this Patreon is primarily focused on public outreach, my priority is and always will be free and freely available content. While I will occasionally provide Patron-only content, the majority of support from this campaign will go towards supporting Southern Fried Science and its subsidiaries.