Andrew David Thaler

robots

To Track Down Bloodsucking Lampreys, This Robot Swims Like a Fish

Lampreys are relentless invaders, and tracking their spread has proven to be an exercise in futility. But a new robotic challenger has emerged.
Andrew David Thaler
10.26.16
robots

Backed by Lasers, Robotic Rovers Defend the Desert Tortoise

With an app and user-controlled rovers, Tim Shields is gamifying conservation—and it's awesome.
Andrew David Thaler
9.21.16
Hell or Salt Water

How a Small Island Nation Is Saving the Humble Sea Dick

The humble sea cucumber, an animal oft-adorned with the most undignified of common names—donkey dung, burnt hotdog, sea dick—is among the world’s most valuable fisheries.
Andrew David Thaler
8.14.15
Hell or Salt Water

How Man and Machine Unlocked the Ocean's Depths

To understand the sea, to dive beneath the waves and experience its awesome, unforgiving wonder, was once the privilege of a few fortunate explorers.
Andrew David Thaler
8.10.15
Terraform

Rockall

We’ve been living on this barely-floating oil rig grease trap for a century. And what do we have to show for it? Fuck all.
Andrew David Thaler
1.26.15
earth

Drones Would Revolutionize Oceanic Conservation, If They Weren't Illegal

Drones can provide a low-impact, unobtrusive platform to observe marine mammals in the wild, but regulations haven't caught up.
Andrew David Thaler
6.26.14
Features

The History of Exploding Whales Is the History of the Internet Itself

My first whale video came in the form of a VHS tape mailed to me by a stranger from the internet.
Andrew David Thaler
5.5.14