Engineering Solutions for Coral Reef Research
Nate Formel, Research Assistant
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Nate Formel shares how he has used the open-source movement to expand and improve on tools for marine research, including that on ocean acidification in the Florida Keys.
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Nate Formel is a marine biologist whose work has focused mainly on the conservation and restoration of coral reef ecosystems in Florida, Hawaii and the Caribbean. He is currently a Research Assistant III at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the Biology Department’s Sensory Ecology and Bioacoustics Lab. Prior to this role, Nate was a Senior Research Associate at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory’s (AOML) Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division and the University of Miami’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS). Here, his work focused on identifying resilient coral genotypes, methods to enhance the resilience of corals used for restoration of impacted reefs, and the development of novel, low-cost and open-source sampling equipment to expand the suite of tools used to study coral reef ecosystems. Nate holds an M.S. from the University of Miami and B.S. in Biology from Northeastern University.
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