UCF’s MTRG to be global project lead on ICARUS sea turtle ontogeny project

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!