Joost Daniels is a senior research technician for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) Bioinspiration Lab, an oceanographic research group that develops new technologies to explore and better understand the mysteries of the deep sea. The lab uses many tools, from lasers to high-speed cameras, to study the biomechanics and fluid dynamics of midwater animals during feeding and swimming. This work includes lab investigations, or as MBARI calls it, “bringing the ocean to the lab,” as well as deep-sea studies using remotely operated vehicles (ROV), or “taking the laboratory into the ocean.”

It is the Bioinspiration Lab’s hope that the results of these endeavors will lead to new developments in ocean instrumentation and bio-inspired engineering designs—some of which can help scientists combat the dangerous effects of climate change.

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