CARTHE, Waterlust Team Wins Top Prize in Video Challenge

A team of scientists and filmmakers at the Rosenstiel School won top prize in the Ocean 180 Challenge for their video “Drones on the Beach” and placed in the top 10 for their video about ocean currents, “Bob the Drifter.”

Watch the award-winning video:

To read the corresponding science publication on drone technology used in oil spill research, click here.

The videos were created by the Waterlust team, which includes Ph.D. student Patrick Rynne and alumna Fiona Graham and Jennah Caster. Both videos were based on CARTHE ((Consortium for Advanced Research on the Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment) research. CARTHE is a Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative consortia based at the Rosenstiel School.

37,795 middle school students judges in over 1,600 classrooms in 21 countries selected the top entries. These students were responsible for critiquing and evaluating the finalists based on their creativity, message, and educational value.

Watch “Bob the Drifter”

The Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE Florida) hosts the annual Ocean 180 Video Challenge, which aims to engage non-scientists and students in timely and relevant ocean science research while inspiring scientists to effectively share their discoveries and excitement for research with the public. For more on the Ocean 180 video Challenge, click here.

CARTHE, Waterlust team

CARTHE, Waterlust team

Waterlust’s ‘Wetlab’ Video Highlights UM’s Masters of Professional Science (MPS) Program


Been wondering what our Masters of Professional Science (MPS) students are up to? The University of Miami’s student-run Waterlust Project decided to show you!  The team created a GoPro film that highlights a few of the amazing research and internship opportunities available.

The new ‘Wetlab’ video was GoPro’s ‘Video of the Week’ last week! 

Launched in 2012, The Waterlust Project has reached more than half a million people with its 11 short films on a variety of ocean-related topics that focus on what water means to us. Their films offer a juxtaposition of academic achievement and artistic creativity that embodies the University as a whole.

Over at Waterlust we decided to produce a short film that captured some of the unique perspectives that graduate students get to experience here at RSMAS. We especially wanted to highlight the Master of Professional Science program in hopes of inspiring up-and-coming students to study the ocean. We searched around campus for things to film and were met with enthusiasm and smiles wherever we went. We lurked on lab groups, loaned cameras to field teams, brought cameras into classrooms, and went into the field ourselves. Passion, dedication, and a desire to find answers was everywhere we turned. We want to thank everybody who helped to make this film. Thank you for making RSMAS the coolest place to go to school.

– Patrick + The Waterlust Project Crew


Clap Your Hands for Sharks

How many of you are having Shark Week withdrawal? I know I am. It is true that Shark Week doesn’t always have themes of education or conservation in mind (insert mental image of a hydraulic-powered Megalodon biting kegs in half from this years lineup). But despite this, there is obvious value in making ocean science cool for the masses, even if only for one week a year. But alas, Shark Week has come and gone and we are left with a year of waiting before our television screens light up with that hypnotic blue that only the ocean can deliver.

If you find yourself reeling in despair over this, fear not, the sharks are coming! Next week a group of RSMAS graduate students from Waterlust will be releasing a video that delivers sharks, sharks, and more sharks. Created by Ph.D candidate and R.J Dunlap shark guru Austin Gallagher, Coastguards explores how childhood fears can evolve into fascination of arguably the most misunderstood animal on the planet. Always at the forefront of social media technology, Waterlust has teamed up with a New York based startup called Thunderclap to add some spice to the release of the short film. What is a Thunderclap you ask? More than just an information sharing service, a Thunderclap allows users to coordinate the release of a certain message (in this case a video release) by a large group simultaneously – essentially sending a shockwave of awesomeness through the interwebs.

Will this strategy of crowdspeaking allow groups like Waterlust to get their content to more people? Find out next Wednesday, September 12 at High Noon when Coastguards goes public.

Join the Thunderclap here.

Patrick Rynne
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(Video) The Waterlust Project: Woodsled – Kiting the Alaia

The Waterlust Project is a film series that focuses on the relationships we have with water and how humans connect with it on a personal level. As such, the scope of this project is broad, encompassing science, sports, conservation, and everything in between. The goal is to inspire more people to care about our oceans and the threats that they are currently facing, through showcasing the many ways in which we interact with water.

Our first Waterlust film was a short trailer designed to bring attention to the project, and get people excited about it. The second film by Patrick Rynne, R.I.P, addressed rip current safety, utilizing recent research conducted in Australia by Rob Brander, Jaime MacMahan and Ad Reniers.

We’re now happy to announce that our third film has just recently been released! Woodsled, by Fiona Graham, is a short film that explores the joys of building and riding your own alaia kiteboard. The alaia is the original wooden, finless, strapless surfboard used by the ancient Hawaiians. As a supplement to the film, we’ve created a “how to” manual and board templates for building your own alaia, which can be found on our website.

Lastly, we’d love for anyone and everyone to get involved with the Waterlust Project! Please think of it as a way to showcase your research, encourage conservation through art, or simply get creative in expressing what water means to you. Applications can be found on our website or shoot us an email if you have any questions.

We hope you enjoy the films so far and continue to follow our progress as we explore these connections and inspire people to think and enact change both within themselves and the world around them.

What did you think of the new Waterlust Project film? Leave comments below.

Fiona Graham
Student, Marine Affairs & Policy
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(Video) The Waterlust Project: Rip Currents

Check out the latest video on “Rip Currents” by Patrick Rynne and The Waterlust Project. Check out the different techniques researchers are using to study them, and learn what to do if you get stuck in one. Tip: the age-old “swim parallel to shore” is not helpful.

What did you think of the video? Comment below.

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The Waterlust Project

When I first decided to pursue science as a career, I was driven by the idea of “helping” the world, contributing to the state of things. I can’t help but think of the Lloyd Dobler quote from the 80’s movie “Say Anything” when John Cusack’s character says in response to the dreaded question for any recent graduate, “What’s your plan?”

“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.”

I can totally relate to Lloyd, and I expect many scientists can too, at least at the beginning of graduate school.

We’re here because we love figuring things out, finding out why this does that and how to make that better than it is today. This is our ultimate job, at least it is to me. The Waterlust Project is an experiment in trying to bridge the gap between the microcosm of scientific culture and the big blue world filled with people that love being here as much as we do.

One of my many frustrations with scientific work is its rigidity. The scientific method, the practices we must follow to ensure our work is sound. Don’t get me wrong, we need it, but sometimes it feels like always having to keep the crayon within the lines. Every now and again, I need to get straight up crazy with my crayons. It keeps me sane.

What I’m getting at is creativity and self-expression. How can we express ourselves through our work without loss of scientific quality. How can we combine our personality, individuality, quirks and style with the deep knowledge base of our research in such a way that engages a broad audience? For me, the answer is film!

We (as in everybody who is reading this) are lucky enough to live in a time that allows an individual to make a global impact. Imagine discussing with your grandparents the idea of having a video, picture, or written article that is seen by millions of people all over the world. They’d probably look at you like you were crazy. But that is our reality, the internet has empowered the individual in unprecedented ways.

So where am I going with this? Take it all the way back to Lloyd Dobler. What’s your plan? I challenge you, members of the scientific community, to take your work and transmit it to the world. Take your research, take what you’ve learned, and share it. Pour yourself into your work, not in the “I sat in the lab counting Otoliths for 14 straight hours” kinda way (just kidding advisers….sort of), but in the “I’m going to tell a story about why I love the oceans, or the fish, or for you weird MBF students, the Otoliths.”

Tell your story, make it personal, make it beautiful, and share it with the world and it will help inspire others and remind us all about why we work so hard to do what we do.

We’re inviting everybody at RSMAS to be part of the Waterlust project. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, anybody and everybody. Check out the website, and shoot us an email with any questions.

Patrick Rynne – Applied Marine Physics
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