The Team

Principle Investigators

Satoshi Mitarai
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology


Scott Gallager
Scott started life in electrical engineering but was advised in 1970 that that field was a dead end (obviously a very shortsighted advisor). He finished his undergraduate degrees in pre-medicine and Limnology. Realizing that Oceanography was much more fun than studying lakes, and medicine was just not his style, he started working at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and completed a Ph.D. at Boston University. He is currently a tenured Associate Scientist at WHOI with engineering interests in the development of optical instrumentation. On the science side, he is involved in developing automated image informatics for identification of plankton and benthic organisms to address questions related to changes in biodiversity and community structure in response to physical forcing (currents, mixing, nutrient exchange, climate change, ocean acidification, etc.).


Amber York

Marine biologist and database administrator.  Amber is involved with field work related to observatory deployment, dive operations, and observatory and sensor maintenance.  Her particular interests lie in photographic survey of fishes and correlation of macrofaunal behavior to processes detected by observatories such as internal waves.  She also has an interest in using live data for education and outreach.

Jonathan Howland

Jon is a Senior Engineer in the Deep Submergence Laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  He has been working with surveying and mapping systems since earning a degree in Surveying Engineering from the University of Maine in 1980, and with underwater systems since coming to Woods Hole in 1990.   Jon is responsible for most of the real time software used in the Habcam systems, and is currently pursuing photogrammetric uses of the stereo cameras.

Lane Abrams

Lane is a senior Engineer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He provides Electrical Engineering design for the HabCam and Alvin projects. His research interests include design and development of digital and analog electronics and hardware and software development for real-time control and data acquisition systems.

Steve Lerner

Glenn McDonnald

Jared Schwartz

Hugh Pompenoue