Chelsea Harms Tuohy and Evan Tuohy are building an exciting new Caribbean fish id and survey app for iPad and Android tablets. They realized that during the first few dives, students find it difficult to differentiate between species, and so often miss out on many other fish, resulting in inaccurate counts and a lot of frustration. This app will include a “Reference Mode” which provides information about each species, and a “Survey Mode” which uses fish illustrations to identify species. The software will also keep a count of the species observed per study and provide a report. The name and final product are scheduled to be released in late 2015.
The grad students are currently looking for funding for this project, and plan to run a pilot with universities and environmental institutions. To find out how you can get involved, visit www.experiment.com/fishid