Environmental Impacts of Deep-sea Mining.
Deep sea mining is iminent. Critical to understanding the environmental impacts of deep-sea mining is establishing baseline data on the population structure and connectivity of key species at deep-sea hydrothermal vents in Papua New Guinea and throughout the south Pacific. Read an interview Andrew gave to Nautilus Magazine about the future of conservation and deep-sea mining:
Andrew has published extensively on the specific genetic diversity and distribution of species at hydrothermal vents in Papua New Guinea. Select papers can be found here:
Andrew has also published a several general overviews on the state of mining in the deep sea, including a review for Oxford Bibliographies and an OpEd in Undark Magazine:
Unravelling the genetic legacy of overfishing in hammerhead sharks
Using multiple genetic markers to evaluate the genetic signature of population bottlenecks in several shark species, including great hammerheads. Funding provided by Save Our Seas Foundation and through crowdfunding.
Connecting technology and marine conservation through low-cost robotics
Developing a multi-purpose Eco-Drone for marine ecology and conservation monitoring in the Chesapeake Bay. Currently testing the feasibility of surveying harmful algal blooms over the York River and identifying shark species in Coastal North Carolina via aerial and underwater robotics. Supported by an Early Career Fellowship through Ocean Classrooms.
Developing best practice guidelines for mitigating the transfer of invasive species via microROVs
Assessing the risk microROVs pose as potential vectors for the transport of invasive species and developing best practices for the mitigation of invasive species transfer. The first professional guidelines were published in Tropical Conservation Studies: