Andrew Thaler is creating tools for ocean science and conservation.
128

patrons

$774
per month
Who am I?

I am a deep-sea ecologist, conservation geneticist, open-source hardware developer, and ocean defender. My research on human impacts in the deep sea lies at the intersection of science, policy, and the environment. Nine years ago, I founded Southern Fried Science, one of the most widely read ocean science and conservation blogs. Four years ago, I helped launch Oceanography for Everyone, a platform for developing low-cost, open-source oceanographic tools. 

What you’re funding

Southern Fried Science: Running a site like Southern Fried Science isn't free. As the site grows, so does our server costs. We pride ourselves on the independence of being ad-free. Patreon contributions go towards keeping the best source for marine science and conservation news and analysis free and ad-free.

Oceanography for Everyone: The ocean belongs to everyone. Through Oceanography for Everyone, we build low-cost, high-quality, open-source oceanographic instruments for both formal and informal researchers, citizen scientists, educators, explorers, and anyone curious about learning about their local waters. Patreon contributions go towards high-risk, high-reward open-source hardware development.

Science: Open-access is critical for ensuring that everyone can access scientific research. To date, support from Patreon patrons has helped offset the open access fee for 3 peer-reviewed scientific papers: Fish tales: Combating fake science in popular mediaRobots as vectors for marine invasions: best practices for minimizing transmission of invasive species via observation-class ROVs; and Lions, Whales, and the Web: Transforming Moment Inertia into Conservation Action. Another paper, currently in production, was also subsidized by Patreon contributions. 

Because I am primarily developing public-facing and open-access resources, my focus is on free and freely-available content. While I will occasionally provide Patreon-only content, the majority of support from this campaign will go towards supporting Southern Fried Science, Oceanography for Everyone, and similar projects. Some rewards, like the limited-edition Jaunty Ocean Critter stickers, will be available exclusively to Patreon patrons.
Tiers
Small drops make mighty oceans.
$1 or more per month 21 patrons
Thank you! Every contribution counts. Access to the Patron-only feed and a chance to win a random Jaunty Ocean Critter sticker each month. 

Includes
  • Chance to win Jaunty Ocean Critter Sticker each month
  • Patron-only feed
Keep the Southern Fried Servers Running.
$3 or more per month 15 patrons
Access to a Patron-only monthly Q and A  and a chance to win a random Jaunty Ocean Critter sticker each month. 

Includes
  • Chance to win Jaunty Ocean Critter Sticker each month
  • Patron-only feed
  • Monthly Q and A
Support Southern Fried Science Writers.
$5 or more per month 14 patrons
All funds raised from this tier will be earmarked for the Southern Fried Science writers fund and will be used to pay authors for their articles on the website. Access to Patreon-only stream, monthly Q and A, and subscription to the Friday Flotsam, the least consistent ocean newsletter, anywhere,  and a chance to win a random Jaunty Ocean Critter sticker each month. 


Includes

  • Chance to win Jaunty Ocean Critter Sticker each month
  • Patron-only feed
  • Monthly Q and A
Get your Jaunty Ocean Critter Stickers!
$7 or more per month 74 of 90 patrons
Every month for the next year, I'm doing a limited edition run of large, high-quality, waterproof, vinyl stickers featuring our favorite marine life wearing jaunty red caps.
 
Includes
  • Patron-only feed
  • Monthly Q and A
  • Limited Edition Monthly Jaunty Ocean Critter Sticker
Support Oceanography for Everyone
$10 or more per month 6 patrons
All funds raised from this tier will be earmarked for the Oceanography for Everyone development fund. This will be used to buy hardware and host hack-a-thons. Includes access to early designs from my 3D printing projects, including hardware and bio-models. 


Includes

  • Chance to win Jaunty Ocean Critter Sticker each month
  • Patron-only feed
  • Monthly Q and A
  • Exclusive hardware/software updates and early-access to 3D printing and other hardware projects
Goals
$774 of $800 per month
Southern Fried Science has been a passion project for all of us involved. Our writers are practicing scientists who volunteer their time and expertise to the cause. I've always wanted to be able to reward our writers, but we've never generated the kind of income to sustain that (or really, any income). At the $1000 mark, we can finally reward our writers for all that they've contributed.
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Who am I?

I am a deep-sea ecologist, conservation geneticist, open-source hardware developer, and ocean defender. My research on human impacts in the deep sea lies at the intersection of science, policy, and the environment. Nine years ago, I founded Southern Fried Science, one of the most widely read ocean science and conservation blogs. Four years ago, I helped launch Oceanography for Everyone, a platform for developing low-cost, open-source oceanographic tools. 

What you’re funding

Southern Fried Science: Running a site like Southern Fried Science isn't free. As the site grows, so does our server costs. We pride ourselves on the independence of being ad-free. Patreon contributions go towards keeping the best source for marine science and conservation news and analysis free and ad-free.

Oceanography for Everyone: The ocean belongs to everyone. Through Oceanography for Everyone, we build low-cost, high-quality, open-source oceanographic instruments for both formal and informal researchers, citizen scientists, educators, explorers, and anyone curious about learning about their local waters. Patreon contributions go towards high-risk, high-reward open-source hardware development.

Science: Open-access is critical for ensuring that everyone can access scientific research. To date, support from Patreon patrons has helped offset the open access fee for 3 peer-reviewed scientific papers: Fish tales: Combating fake science in popular mediaRobots as vectors for marine invasions: best practices for minimizing transmission of invasive species via observation-class ROVs; and Lions, Whales, and the Web: Transforming Moment Inertia into Conservation Action. Another paper, currently in production, was also subsidized by Patreon contributions. 

Because I am primarily developing public-facing and open-access resources, my focus is on free and freely-available content. While I will occasionally provide Patreon-only content, the majority of support from this campaign will go towards supporting Southern Fried Science, Oceanography for Everyone, and similar projects. Some rewards, like the limited-edition Jaunty Ocean Critter stickers, will be available exclusively to Patreon patrons.

Recent posts by Andrew Thaler

Tiers
Small drops make mighty oceans.
$1 or more per month 21 patrons
Thank you! Every contribution counts. Access to the Patron-only feed and a chance to win a random Jaunty Ocean Critter sticker each month. 

Includes
  • Chance to win Jaunty Ocean Critter Sticker each month
  • Patron-only feed
Keep the Southern Fried Servers Running.
$3 or more per month 15 patrons
Access to a Patron-only monthly Q and A  and a chance to win a random Jaunty Ocean Critter sticker each month. 

Includes
  • Chance to win Jaunty Ocean Critter Sticker each month
  • Patron-only feed
  • Monthly Q and A
Support Southern Fried Science Writers.
$5 or more per month 14 patrons
All funds raised from this tier will be earmarked for the Southern Fried Science writers fund and will be used to pay authors for their articles on the website. Access to Patreon-only stream, monthly Q and A, and subscription to the Friday Flotsam, the least consistent ocean newsletter, anywhere,  and a chance to win a random Jaunty Ocean Critter sticker each month. 


Includes

  • Chance to win Jaunty Ocean Critter Sticker each month
  • Patron-only feed
  • Monthly Q and A
Get your Jaunty Ocean Critter Stickers!
$7 or more per month 74 of 90 patrons
Every month for the next year, I'm doing a limited edition run of large, high-quality, waterproof, vinyl stickers featuring our favorite marine life wearing jaunty red caps.
 
Includes
  • Patron-only feed
  • Monthly Q and A
  • Limited Edition Monthly Jaunty Ocean Critter Sticker
Support Oceanography for Everyone
$10 or more per month 6 patrons
All funds raised from this tier will be earmarked for the Oceanography for Everyone development fund. This will be used to buy hardware and host hack-a-thons. Includes access to early designs from my 3D printing projects, including hardware and bio-models. 


Includes

  • Chance to win Jaunty Ocean Critter Sticker each month
  • Patron-only feed
  • Monthly Q and A
  • Exclusive hardware/software updates and early-access to 3D printing and other hardware projects