Under Santa Cruz Wharf, a robot watches for algal blooms

UCSC researcher with FlowCytobot
UC Santa Cruz researcher Alexis Fischer and lab tech Kendra Negrey tinker with the Imaging FlowCytobot used to photograph algae organisms underwater and beneath the Santa Cruz Wharf. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Santa Cruz Sentinel

November 2018

The devastating effects of toxin-producing algae have been making headlines nationwide.

Now, a UC Santa Cruz research team has deployed algae-photographing robots to be on the lookout for the formation of algal blooms in the Monterey and San Francisco bays.