HTH grad students in the field: Blake English, Air Swimmer

Blake English (HTH '06)

While working on the first book, “Two sides of the Boat Channel,” in the HTH San Diego Bay Study we discussed ways to sample plankton in the Bay while being on shore with a class.  Student Blake English (HTH ’06)  took on this challenge and made our first remote controlled plankton collector.  He later designed a beautiful computer simulation of fish schooling behavior and the effect of  sharks on schooling activity of fish.  Then came the  incredible toy the Air Swimmer — invented by Blake.  Congratulations Blake.  It looks like this could be the hit of the Holiday toy madness. The Air Swimmer includes a shark and a clownfish.

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About Jay Vavra

Jay Vavra grew up in San Diego and returned home after a range of experiences in biology abroad and throughout California. He graduated from Stanford University and has a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from USC. Dr. Vavra also has experience working as a biologist in the fields of biotechnology and zooarchaeology, and as an environmental consultant. This is his tenth year teaching at HTH where he loves conducting original research with his students. He leads the science fair program at HTH. Most of Dr. Vavra's past students are published authors in the San Diego Bay book series. He has also led students on two successful expeditions to Tanazania.
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One Response to HTH grad students in the field: Blake English, Air Swimmer

  1. Jeff Jensen says:

    I played with one of the Air Swimmers over the holidays. It was awesome!

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