Exploring technological solutions to conservation issues in the deep sea and beyond.

Andrew David Thaler is a deep-sea ecologist and population geneticist working at the intersection of science, conservation, and the open-source technology movement. His primary research is in the consequences of human impacts on biodiversity and connectivity in the deep sea. He earned a PhD in Marine Science and Conservation from Duke University, where his thesis focused on the environmental impacts of deep-sea mining on hydrothermal vent communities in the western Pacific.

The deep sea is Earth's last great wilderness.

He is currently a visiting scientist at VIMS, where he is investigating the consequences of overfishing on the population genetics of several shark species. As an Ocean Classrooms Early Career Fellow, he is developing a broad capability aerial drone for ecology and conservation work in the Chesapeake Bay.

Andrew runs several education and outreach initiatives, including hosting underwater robot workshops and managing the marine science and conservation website, Southern Fried Science. His popular science writing has been featured in Scientific American, Motherboard, Hakai, and io9. His science fiction writing has appeared in Nature and Terraform.