The crew of Aquarius, the nation's equivalent of an underwater space shuttle, studied how mantis shrimp communicate and see. Research findings were published in the journal Nature.
'Aquamen' Return From
UMBCís own aquamen,
biological sciences professor Tom Cronin and graduate student Alex
Cheroske, have returned from an undersea adventure as part of the crew
the nationís equivalent of an underwater space shuttle. The two
represented UMBC as part of an eleven-member team studying the unique
vision and behavior of marine life off the Florida Keys.
Cronin led a 1999
Aquarius mission, but this time he stuck to the surface team, giving up
his underwater spot to the younger Cheroske, effectively passing the
torch of UMBCís small but talented MEES department to a new generation.
At a depth of 63 feet
in a sand patch off the Florida Keys, Aquarius is roughly the size of a
large Winnebago and features all the comforts of home: six bunks, a
shower and toilet, instant hot water, a microwave, trash compactor, a
refrigerator, air conditioning and computers linked to shore by wireless