Jules Jaffe is a research oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. His research interests are broadly concerned with the use of new technology and instruments for observing oceanic phemonema, including the biological and physical properties of the upper ocean.
Jaffe recently designed and built underwater robots that mimic plankton to study ocean currents and the tiny creatures they transport. The miniature autonomous underwater explorers, or M-AUEs, are able to study small-scale environmental processes taking place in the ocean.
Jaffe also led a team in building a diver-operated underwater microscope to study millimeter-scale processes as they naturally occur on the seafloor. He has also invented several acoustic systems that resulted in the first-ever behavioral observations of zooplankton in situ. He lectures widely to public audiences on in-situ methods, ocean robotics, and also his previous involvement with the finding of the Titanic in 1985.
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