Big news! Dr. Kate Mansfield will be leading the global sea turtle ontogeny project for the ICARUS Initiative.
The mission of the ICARUS Initiative is to establish a global remote sensing platform that will allow scientists to track small organisms using newly-developed and miniaturized GPS satellite tags. This new, low-orbit tracking system will first be tested experimentally using receivers deployed on the International Space Station starting in 2016. The UCF MTRG will be beta-testing these small GPS tags on wild-caught sea turtles starting in ~2016.
Lower-orbiting receivers will enable observations and experiments over large spatial scales on organisms that have historically been too small to remotely observe due to size/weight limitations of available technologies (shorter transmission distances = smaller batteries and tags). Super-exciting!