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NSU’s Oceanographic Center Researchers Continue to Study and Protect Marine Life

NSU’s Oceanographic Center was recently awarded part of a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to help fund a project in conjunction with Florida Atlantic University’s SeTech facility.

Richard Spieler, Ph.D., a professor and director of Academic Programs at NSU’s Oceanographic Center, will be studying the effect electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions that are created by offshore energy generating devices (e.g. windmills, etc.) has on marine life in and on the seafloor.

“We are pleased to be partnering with FAU on this project,” said Spieler. “The research will add substantial knowledge to our understanding of the interactions between electrical fields and marine life.”

Through the use of various sensors and cameras mounted on an underwater vehicle on the sea floor, Spieler will help lead a team of graduate students, engineers and researchers from NSU’s Oceanographic Center and FAU’s SeaTech while collaborating with personnel from Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division’s South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF). The observational work will be carried out at SFOMF in Fort Lauderdale.