Here are some pictures from our recent research excursion on the R/V Robert Gordon Sproul. We took our new interns with us to earn their sea legs and show them how we get cool detailed photos of plankton.
The SPCs are still undergoing maintenance. We recently retrieved them from the pier with friendly cephalopod stowed away under our device. The sucker was a little attached, but we managed to safely return him to the sea. After handling the stowaway, we cleaned off as much kelp and barnacles as we could, then prepped the SPCs for dismantlement and a deep clean. Once they are refitted and redeployed, we will post an update here. Big thanks to our divers, Rich and Taylor, for helping get the cameras out of the water!
A committee of editors from the Journal of the Optical Society of America A (JOSA A) choose our paper on Plankton reconstruction through robust statistical optical tomography for the Best Research Paper Prize! They were particularly impressed by the thoroughness of the study and the clarity of our presentation. Check out the above link if you want to learn more about this topic.
The SPCs need software updates and are currently turned off so we can do so. If you’re missing out on your daily dose of plankton, please visit this secondary site where our Swiss colleagues are posting live images from a lake in Switzerland. Once the cameras are back on, we will post an update here. Thank you!
Dr. Pichaya Lertvilai has successfully defended his thesis. The defense was given remotely over Zoom, and a recording of it is available here.
As part of the ongoing Internet of Things Seminar Series at MIT, Jules Jaffe gave a seminar on Monday, October 18, titled Ocean Exploration and the Important Role of Technology Advancement. The recorded talk is now available on YouTube so check it out!
A recent journal article authored by Israeli colleagues with former lab member Eric Orenstien and Jules Jaffe has been selected as an Editor’s Pick by the Journal of the Optical Society of America – A! This is used to denote articles of high quality that are representative of the current status of the field. The article can read here.
The winning entry from the Art of Science contest, submitted by the Jaffe Lab’s own Pichaya Lertvilai, was chosen by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, as the cover of Photonic Focus magazine.
The Jaffe Lab’s very own Pichaya Lertvilai won the Art of Science contest! The winning submisison was titled “Drifting World through the Scripps Plankton Camera”, and is a collage of different plankton imaged right here at the Scripps Pier by our Scripps Plankton Cameras. The species depicted in the image include copepods, jellyfish, chaetognaths, and many others! Congratulations Pichaya!
Our very own Camille Pagniello was recently featured in the Scripps Student Spotlight! Check out the full interview here to learn more. Congratulations Camille!