Andrew Thaler

is creating tools for ocean science, education, and conservation.

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Support for Southern Fried Science. Supporters will get an Oceanography for Everyone sticker. 

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From open-access publication fees to weird new projects to our core outreach at Southern Fried Science, patrons at this tier are keeping our little empire of independent science running. 


$5 patrons will receive the Jaunty Ocean Critter Sticker Pack, including the Grey Whale, Sperm Whale, and Mighty Mola Mola. These high quality vinyl stickers are tough enough for dive gear and other marine equipment, and look great on laptops and water bottles. 

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About Andrew Thaler

The ocean belongs to everyone, but often the tools to access the ocean are beyond the reach of the vast majority of ocean lovers. Through Oceanography for Everyone, Southern Fried Science, and other venues, I work to share not just knowledge of the ocean, but the tools and instruments necessary to build a foundation of ocean knowledge that is not restricted to those with access to a research budget or significant capital. 

Who am I?

I am a deep-sea ecologist, conservation biologist, 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. Ten years ago, I founded Southern Fried Science, one of the most widely read ocean science and conservation blogs. Seven years ago, I helped launch Oceanography for Everyone, a platform for developing low-cost, open-source oceanographic tools. 

What you’re funding

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.

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.

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 4 peer-reviewed scientific papers: 

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.
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$459.69 of $1,500 per month
Open-source Development Day! Once we hit this funding level, I can commit to one day of open-source hardware development per week, allowing me to accelerate several new sensor, instrumentation, and education projects. 
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 328 exclusive posts
145
Images
110
Links
11
Polls
66
Writings
16
Videos

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