Great field ecology calls for creativity, cheap materials that can withstand the ocean, and ingenuity. Here are just a few of the inventions that have come out of the RC Lab.

A diver aiming the BIOPOLE to collect a sample.


Biopsy Pole for non-lethal genetic sampling of fish

Learn more: Smith JG, D Malone, DS Baetscher, MH Carr. 2018. Evaluation and application of BIOPOLE, a biopsy device for in situ non-lethal tissue extraction for fishes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 595: 149-156. DOI: 10.3354/meps12575

Techs rinse recently-recruited fish from a SMURF.


Standard Monitoring Unit for the Recruitment of Fishes

Learn more: Ammann, A.J. 2004 SMURFs: standard monitoring units for the recruitment of temperate reef fishes. J. Exp. Mar. Bio. Ecol. 299:135-154.

A diver uses a BINCKE net to collect a SMURF.


Benthic Icthyo-fauna Net for Coral and Kelp Environments

Learn more: Anderson, T.W. and M.H. Carr. 1998. BINCKE: A highly efficient net for collecting reef-associated fishes. Environmental Biology of Fishes 51:111-115

THE URSKI (named after Jared Figurski, former RC Lab grad student)

Underwater Relative Swell Kinetics Instrument

Learn more: An inexpensive instrument for measuring wave exposure and water velocity, J. Figurski, D. Malone, J.R. Lacy and M. Denny. 2011. Limnol. Oceanogr.: Methods 9: 204-214.