Pearl Harbor Shipwreck Reveals World War II Treasures

Field assistant for photography and underwater archeological work with NPS on the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor. Sunk on December 7, 1941 by Japanese warplanes—during a surprise attack that plunged the United States into World War II and altered world history—the 608-foot-long battleship is one of the most studied shipwrecks in the world. In the 1980s, it was initially mapped; in the early 2000s, its condition and lifespan were analyzed. Yet exploration of the ship’s interior has long been limited, in large part by the available technology.

Reality Computing: Even Better Than the Real Thing?

Imagine taking a snapshot of any object and then creating an exact, physical copy. Even if it’s underwater? Thanks to Reality Computing, that’s what startup The Hydrous is doing to help better understand endangered coral. One recent five-day underwater expedition garnered more than 27,000 photos, 2 TB of data, and photo captures of more than 100 corals. These will then be used to create exact, interactive 3D-model replicas for scientists and educators to study and preserve the reefs.

From Senior Project to National Policy

While teaching assistant for a Marine Studies course at the College’s Kino Bay Center, Naomi Blinick ’09 participated in ongoing sampling of bycatch from shrimp trawlers in the region. Now the Mexican government is overhauling policy on fisheries in the region, and findings from Naomi’s Senior Project research will be included in recommendations for management of the trawl shrimp industry in the region. “In the beginning Lorayne Meltzer mentioned the possibility of writing a paper to publish o