Distinction through Discovery with Student Field Research, Enhanced Technologies, and Data Management.




Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute


Alderman, Pamela

Budget Manager:

Morgan, Gregory M

Project Manager:

Beaman, Nelson T

Proposal Approvers

Dept. Chair:

Davis, Megan

Local IT:



Davis, Megan




Bagdonas, Joseph A.

Proposal Funding

Year 1:

$ 20,437.20

Year 2:

$ 0.00

Year 3:

$ 0.00


$ 20,437.20

Proposal Funding versus Average


Demonstrated Need: HBOI’s marine science, aquaculture, microbiology, biomedical, engineering, and nursing students are located in numerous buildings spread over 222 acres. Most research areas have not been updated to include student access to equipment, software, or collaborative study or research spaces with enhanced technologies, neither in the lab where the students work and study nor in the field where the students conduct research and record data. Plan of Action. The HBOI 2016-2017 Tech Fee Proposal, Student Field Research with Enhanced Technologies and Data Management, delivers real-time data collection, data-sharing and comparisons, improved documentation, and data visualization capabilities in the field for research support and management. Part One: Marine Mammal Labs Student Support. Currently HBOI Marine Mammal research students do not have access to updated computers with dual or triple monitors to participate in data analysis and photo identification comparisons neither at HBOI or when they are working from partner campuses on HBOI projects. The students have been utilizing older, slower PC’s that cannot process or visualize the data efficiently and without dual or triple monitors new data cannot be compared with the archival database. The Lab would like to double the student opportunities for Photo ID training by adding a Canon 70 D camera. Without the added equipment, the students do not have the full research experience nor are they able to work simultaneously with their mentors and colleagues in a team environment. Part One establishes two HBOI student project labs for Marine Mammal data analysis and comparison, one at HBOI in Marilyn Mazzoil’s lab with three computers and nine monitors and the second student computer lab directed by Dr. Elizabeth Murdoch Titcomb on the Boca campus with three computers and six monitors. These two computer labs establish equal student experiences across campuses and double the research and data analysis capacity from three to six students working collaboratively. Part Two: Student Research Data Management, Documentation, and Visualization Support in the Field. Tech Fee Proposal Specification: video cameras that may be used by three students (2 x GoPro cameras and accessories, and one DJI Quadcopter with accessories) Justification: All HBOI departments, faculty and researchers utilize the videography services led by Brian Cousin. Researchers rely on students and the HBOI videographer to document and visualize all aspects of the research experience. In addition, faculty require that student researchers document their research efforts and/or equipment efficacy in the field. Due to the numerous types of field transportation (boat, wading) and field observation (ROV, LOBO), the cameras and equipment need to be portable and flexible for maximum observation and documentation. The researchers have identified the need for additional portable cameras and a drone to provide the missing aerial perspective . A drone can quickly hover and maneuver where a “camera” person cannot. Part Two of the 2016 HBOI Tech Fee Proposal expands the student experience by providing the needed technologies and equipment for data documentation, visualization, and data collection in the field or in the lab. It expands the videography service and provides the “real-time” experience and technical skills that are required in the professional world. The proposed package increases access for a minimum of three students to assist with field observation, research, and documentation in all field research opportunities, thus maximizing the impact and the access to the equipment. Goal: The 2016 HBOI Tech Fee Proposal expands the student research data management experience, doubles the equipment in the current student labs, expands instructional capabilities in the field and in the labs, reduces the use of outdated technologies, and provides vital Photo ID training that is not currently available. It provides the necessary technologies that support FAU’s strategic Pillars and Platforms and the University’s academic mission to become “a very high research” institution.
Hardware Requirements
HBOI 2016 Tech Fee Proposal Hardware Requirements: Hardware Total: $ 20,437.20 Part One: Marine Mammal Student Computer Labs: Dell XPS 8910 SE 6 x $ 1500.00 = 9,000.00 Dell Ultrasharp 24 Infinity Edge Monitor U2417H 15 X $ 249.99= 3,749.85 C2G High Speed HDMI cable with Ethernet 15 x 12.99= 194.85 Canon 70D Body 899.00 EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM 1,999.00 Part Two: Research Documentation and Visualization in the Field: Two Go Pro Cameras and accessories: 1.847. 72 One DJI Quadcopter and accessories: 2,746.78 ` Hardware Total: $ 20,437.20
Software Requirements
Personnel Costs
Other Costs
Hardware can be ordered as soon as Tech Fee Proposal Approved: April 2017- Order May 2017 Installed in Labs - ready for use.
Marine mammal research began at Harbor Branch in 1996 with a National Marine Fisheries Service-authorized project to photo-identify and catalog every bottlenose dolphin in the Indian River Lagoon. From these roots the work has expanded and diversified into a research and conservation enterprise spanning multiple species and ecosystems, and today it yields insights into issues affecting oceans and human health. Programs : Visit the website for an overview of the student research areas • Dolphin Photo Identification. To learn more about the Photo ID program and research team • Epidemiology, Population Health & Pathology • Manatee Research • Marine Wildlife Veterinary Medicine & Research • Right Whale Research & Conservation • Stranding, Health & Rehabilitation * Shark and Ray Part One: Marine Mammal Student Lab. HBOI has provided initial funding for student PC's , but the program has outgrown the current hardware and has now expanded student participation to a second campus. This tech fee will increase student access with the latest equipment and permit data analysis on two campuses. The Marine Mammal program is part of the Ocean Science Pillar and attracts students from all over the world. Part Two. Student field research is supported by all programs at HBOI and funded with operational funds and grants. The marine science, ocean discovery, ocean engineering and modelling, biomedical science and drug discovery, aquaculture, and environmental science courses continue to develop on both the graduate and undergraduate level. HBOI's new Director, Dr Anton Post, is focused on adding additional support for HBOI research and student success.
Resource Matching
The Marine Mammal researchers and the current HBOI Photo ID Lab are supported by research grants and by the HBOI License plate Protect Wild Dolphins for research support.
Implementing Organization
HBOI OIT , Nelson Beaman and his staff. FAU Libraries OIT Staff: Amy Koenblau, Hector Moyet.

Proposal Budget

Fiscal Year 1 Fiscal Year 2 Fiscal Year 3 Total
Hardware One-Time $ 20,437.20 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 20,437.20
Hardware Recurring $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00
Software One-time $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00
Software Recurring $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00
Personnel One-time $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00
Personnel Recurring $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00
Other One-time $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00
Other Recurring $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00
Totals $ 20,437.20 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 20,437.20

Supporting Documentation

Filename Size Description
canon camera and lens.pdf 65,620b
Dell monitor cables and PCs nov 29.pdf 399,685b 6 Dell PC's and 15 monitors for Marine Mammal Student support
Tech Fee Application justification.docx 20,305b