The purpose of this project is to develop an animal tag to be attached to large fish, such as sandbar sharks, and collect accurate data about the animal’s movement and environment. The tag is being designed for use primarily in the Chesapeake Bay.

The tag will have the capability to collect data from an accelerometer, gyroscope, temperature sensor and pressure sensor, then write this data to a microSD card, with an accurate time stamp attached. Near the end of the tag’s deployment it will have the capability to detach itself from the animal, surface, and either transmit its collected data, or put out a beacon so that it may be recovered. Battery life, size, and form factors are all concerns in this project, with a need for maximizing battery life while minimizing size, and creating a streamlined form factor.

Additionally we are trying to develop new analysis techniques and algorithms for the data collected by these tags. We hope to release our findings and code in generalized open source library, written in R

This project is currently being carried out by me (William Laney), Ben Powell, Dara Kharabi, and Ben Schenck, under the supervision of Dr. Wouter Deconinck and Dr. Kevin Weng. This project is a collaboration between the College of William and Mary physics department, computer science department, mathematics department, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). Funding is being provided by the William and Mary Small Hall Makerspace. Additionally this work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. PHY-1359364, and by the DeWilde Summer Research Fellowship of the College of William & Mary. Additional support provided by the William & Mary Committee on Sustainability.