The Hydrous and the next phase...
With two weeks remaining for my crowdfunding project, I want to thank Experiment for not only giving me the opportunity to raise funds for my doctoral thesis, but also for introducing me to the extremely progressive process of scientific crowdfunding. Although the magnitude of my crowdfunding effort pales in comparison to people who devote their lives to raising funds for progressive and social change, I have learned many importantt skills that I hope to carry throughout my scientific career.
Special thanks go to all my financial backers and the interest everyone has shown in my project and in coral reef science and conservation, as well as the Rapa Nui culture. Please know that this campaign is only the beginning. If my project is fully funded, the photomosaics produced from the GoPro cameras will allow me to collect more data and therefore test more hypotheses than contemporary coral reef methodologies allow. For example, an exponentially more amount of data will be collected and generate more power in my statistical tests and data analyses. In the future, I hope to plan crowdfunding projects that fund advanced equipment and create th eopportunity to test more complex ecological theories, as well as creating products that I will be able to give my backers to strenghten their knowledge of science and conservation.
This brings me to my next anouncement, which is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with The Hydrous, a group of coral reef scientists, conservationists, artists, and explorers, who use advanced digital technology to create three-dimensional models of Pacific and Indo-Pacific coral reefs. Whereas photomosaics will produce extremely accurate measurements of benthic cover, three-dimensional models produce more fine-scale data, like measurements of reef rugosity or the change in coral morphology in relation to environmental disturbances over time. The combination of photomosaics and three-dimensional models in the Easter Island Ecoregion represents the potential for the most advanced scientific tools in coral reef ecology. Thank you for your support and wish me luck as these next two weeks wind down.