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Sand tiger shark habitat, migration study

June 2, 2015--University of Delaware doctoral student Danielle Haulsee is the lead author on a paper reporting the combined use of underwater robotics and acoustic telemetry to understand sand tiger shark habitat and migration in the Delaware coastal ocean.

The paper, titled “Habitat Selection of a Coastal Predator from an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle,” appeared in the May 28 issue of in Marine Ecology Progress Series, a top marine ecology journal.

“Other researchers have used robotics and acoustic telemetry separately; we were the first to bring those two technologies together to study habitat selection,” Haulsee said.

Co-authors include Matthew Oliver, associate professor of oceanography, Douglas Miller, associate professor of marine science, and Matthew Breece, doctoral student in UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment; Dewayne Fox of Delaware State University, and Bradley Wetherbee from University of Rhode Island.

The work is funded through support from The Robertson’s Fund, the Delaware Space Grant Consortium, MARACOOS and the IOOS Program Office, and the NOAA-NMFS Proactive Conservation Program Award (NA09NMF4720365).