New Benthic Underwater Microscope Described in the Journal Nature Communications

Today results from our work on the Benthic Underwater Microscope (BUM) were published in Nature Communications. The article Underwater microscopy for in situ studies of benthic ecosystems reports on the development of the BUM and its application to studying several important benthic processes in situ. The paper was authored by Jaffe Lab members Andrew D. Mullen, Tali Treibitz, Paul L.D. Roberts, and Jules Jaffe; as well as coral ecologists Emily L.A. Kelly, Rael Horwitz, and Jennifer E. Smith.

We would like to thank Dr. Amatzia Genin who provided support and critical guidance during the studies of coral polyp behavior, which were filmed at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat, Israel. We also thank the Keck Foundation for their support funding the instrument development. Additionally we thank the National Science Foundation, Link Foundation, and Binational Science Foundation for supporting Andrew Mullen’s research.

Below are several videos and articles covering the work.

New York Times:


UCSD interview with Andrew Mullen:


Interview with Jules Jaffe

Nature Video:


NSF Science 360 Video:


Written Articles, News Outlets:

The Conversation (great story about the evolution of the project) –

New York Times (complement to the ‘ScienceTake’ video above) –

Washington Post (nice overview of the microscope motivation and coral videos) –

LA Times (importance of the micro-scale perspective and collecting the coral videos in nature) –

PBS News Hour –


Time –

Wall Street Journal –


The Guardian –

Australian Broadcasting Company –


Written Articles, Science Outlets:

Nature Research Highlight –

MIT Technology Review –

Physics Today –

National Geographic –

New Scientist –

Popular Science –

University of California –

Scripps Institution of Oceanography –

Smithsonian –

AAAS Science Update –

Australian Geographic –

Consortium for Ocean Leadership –

Live Science –

Discover –

Engadget –

Gizmag –

Wired –


Non-English Articles:

Ynet (Hebrew) –,7340,L-4827321,00.html

SINC (Spanish) –

El Mundo (Spanish) –

ANSA (Italian) –

German National Radio –