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Development of Low-Cost, High Definition Videography Methods for Documenting Underwater Flora and Fauna and Creating Education Presentations

Examples of educational videos about desert fishes by students and staff of the Arizona Coop Unit.


June 2016 - December 2018


Freshwater biotic communities are complex, magnificent ecosystems, but are often unseen by the general public. In the southwestern United States, underwater views of these communities are rarely obtained. Until recently, methods for aquatic biologists and educators to communicate with the public about these systems required fish and other organisms be brought to the surface, or expensive underwater video and camera techniques be employed. However, with the accelerating development of inexpensive, ultra-high definition underwater video technology and the advancement of personal computer systems to process such video, high quality educational video presentations are now within reach of biologists and educators to use to educate the public. We are developing inexpensive methods that can be used by most biologists and educators with little to no background experience to produce stunning presentations of underwater viewscapes of freshwater systems. Methods were developed and tested while filming underwater aquatic communities of southern Nevada and California. Data are now being compiled, and methods will be presented in a thesis chapter and publication. Partners include USFWS and NDOW.

Research Products and Activities


  • Ulrich, T. L., S. A. Bonar, C. M. Sheehy, and D. Bogner. 2016. Use of high-definition video technology to acquaint the public with cryptic desert fishes of the southern Nevada/Death Valley region. 48th Annual Meeting of the Desert Fishes Council, 15-19 November, 2016, Albuquerque, New Mexico. (contributed Oral Presentation)

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



Funding Agencies



Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey