Environmental Impacts of Deep-sea Mining.
Deep sea mining is iminent. Critical to understanding the environmental impacts of deep-sea mining is establishing baseline data on the population structure and connectivity of key species at deep-sea hydrothermal vents in Papua New Guinea and throughout the south Pacific. Read an interview Andrew gave to Nautilus Magazine about the future of conservation and deep-sea mining:
Andrew has published extensively on the specific genetic diversity and distribution of species at hydrothermal vents in Papua New Guinea. Select papers can be found here:
Connecting technology and marine conservation through low-cost robotics
Andrew develops low-cost technologies that enable ocean stakeholders to take ownship over community-driven marine research projects. Through Oceanography for Everyone he builds open-source CTDs, niskin bottles, and other underwater sampling systems. He works with many partner organizations to develop both technology development workshops and integration programs for a wide variety of ocean users.
Developing best practice guidelines for mitigating the environmental impacts of microROVs
Andrew works with a team of researchers to assess the potential risked presented by low-cost, ultra-portable microROVs to the environment including assessing the risk microROVs pose as potential vectors for the transport of invasive species and developing best practices for the mitigation of invasive species transfer. The first professional guidelines were published in Tropical Conservation Studies: