Design and Development of a Sampling Platform to Study Long Distance Seed Dispersal

Ogle, Jonathan and Naglak, John and Blue-Eyes, Isaac and Miller, Collin and Baumbach, Aleph and Prentis, Peter and Smith, York R. and Smith, Ryan N. (2014) Design and Development of a Sampling Platform to Study Long Distance Seed Dispersal. [Abstract]

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Recent theoretical research has shown that ocean currents and wind interact to disperse seeds over long distances among isolated landmasses. Dispersal of seeds among isolated oceanic islands, by birds, oceans and man, is a well-known phenomenon, and many widespread island plants have traits that facilitate this process. Crucially, however, there have been no mechanistic vector-based models of long-distance dispersal for seeds among isolated oceanic islands based on empirical data. Here, we propose an experimental methodology and present a novel sensor platform to circumvent these limitations and directly estimate a mechanistic, vector-based model of seed dispersal in the ocean. We have developed seed analogues, or pseudoseeds, outfitted with wireless sensor technology that will enable high-fidelity tracking as they disperse across large distances in the ocean. The pseudoseeds are precisely designed to mimic actual seed buoyancy and morphology enabling realistic and accurate, vector-based dispersal models of ocean seed dispersal over vast geographic scales.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Uncontrolled Keywords: Long-distance dispersal, persistent monitoring, autonomous surface vehicle, ocean monitoring
Subjects: Undergrad Research Symposium > Engineering
Undergrad Research Symposium
Depositing User: Ryan Smith
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2014 16:06
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2014 09:41

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