Andrew Thaleris creating tools for ocean science, education, and conservation.
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Thank you for your support! Every contribution, no matter how small, helps us keep our servers running, covers open-access fees for scientific publications, and supports all our novel projects for ocean science and conservation.
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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.
About Andrew Thaler
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:
- Fish tales: Combating fake science in popular media
- Robots as vectors for marine invasions: best practices for minimizing transmission of invasive species via observation-class ROVs
- Lions, Whales, and the Web: Transforming Moment Inertia into Conservation Action
- Bot Meets Whale: Best Practices for Mitigating Negative Interactions Between Marine Mammals and MicroROVs
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.