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Booz Allen Colloquium: "Crittercam: A Wild Point of View," Greg Marshall, National Geographic
Thursday, March 11, 2010
4:00 p.m.
Jeong Kim Engineering Building, Rm. 1110
For More Information:
Jess Molina
301 405 4471
jmolina2@umd.edu
http://www.ece.umd.edu/colloquium

Booz Allen Hamilton Distinguished Colloquium in Electrical and Computer Engineering

"Crittercam: A Wild Point of View"

Greg Marshall
Vice President, Remote Imaging
National Geographic

Abstract:

Greg will speak about the exciting world of exploration, discovery, research, interpretation and communication – science – as seen through the prism of his cutting-edge Crittercam research program. Marshall invented this unique imaging system to study the behavior and ecology of wild, free-ranging animals in their natural habitats. Now, National Geographic’s Crittercam is a research tool that enables scientists and students of all ages to see how creatures function under critical life history stages that cannot be otherwise directly observed… and are still largely unknown. The extraordinary new insights and discoveries captured in this work can excite students to embrace cutting-edge technology in exploration and scientific inquiry, and help educators ignite the fire of science literacy and learning. Most importantly, Crittercams unique perspective can inspire us to care about and conserve threatened species and the habitats they depend on.

Bio:

Greg Marshall is a scientist, inventor, and filmmaker who has dedicated the last 25 years to studying, exploring, and documenting life in the ocean and beyond.

In 1986, while diving in the reefs off Belize, Greg encountered a shark and was struck by the sight of a remora fish clinging to the shark's side. Imagining the unique perspective the remora must have when hitchhiking with its host, Greg conceived a remote camera that would mimic the remora's behavior.

If the camera were small and lightweight, it could attach like a remora to a host and record the behavior of sea creatures in situations where a handheld camera could never venture. Recognizing the scientific potential of such a tool, Greg decided to make it a reality.

Greg began developing a revolutionary animal-borne research tool to record images, sound, and data from an animal's perspective. Today that tool is called “Crittercam”, and it has been used in groundbreaking studies on dozens of marine species.

Deployed on whales, sharks, seals, turtles, penguins, and other species, Crittercam has enabled Greg and his research partners to capture information that, until now, was inaccessible to humans. In 2003 Greg and his team deployed the first land-based Crittercam on wild lions in Kenya, capturing remarkable new images and insights that are a new paradigm in terrestrial animal behavioral science.

Funded by the National Geographic Society, philanthropic foundations, and research grants, Greg has created not only a scientific tool, but also a major collaborative research program engaging scientists worldwide. Over the last ten years, Greg's Remote Imaging Program has collaborated with over 30 scientific teams on over 50 different species.

In addition to providing critical scientific data for basic biology and habitat management, Crittercam's unique perspective also captures the imagination of television audiences Shared through National Geographic films, the stories these images convey fuel public awareness of the extraordinary lives and challenges many species face. With heightened awareness comes caring, and with caring, conservation.

Greg is a two-time Emmy Award winner for cinematography and sound, for the National Geographic Specials "Great White Sharks" and "Sea Monsters: Search for the Giant Squid". Greg also created and executive produced a 13-part series, a half dozen international specials, and a host of short films (Wild Chronicles) that convey the adventure of cutting-edge research using Crittercam and other novel remote imagine technologies.

Greg earned a bachelor's degree in international relations from Georgetown University and a master's degree in marine science from Stony Brook (SUNY). He is currently invested, inspired and intrigued by his recent and most important discoveries… two extraordinary creatures named Connor and Logan — his sons.

This Event is For: Campus • Clark School • All Students • Faculty • Post-Docs • Alumni • Corporate • Donors

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