The 100 Island Challenge is a collaborative research initiative based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, but works closely with students, researchers, and professionals at many other universities, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and governmental/federal agencies.

Ecological Team
Dr. Stuart Sandin
Principal Investigator

Dr. Sandin is a Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and leads a group of ecologists, biologists, and computer engineers on the 100 Island Challenge Team. Through the lens of community ecology, Dr. Sandin investigates the spatial patterning of reefs across the globe.

Dr. Jennifer Smith
Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Smith, a Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, leads the 100 Island Challenge Team and brings her expertise in benthic community ecology. Her primary interests are in determining how various physical and biological processes affect the structure and function of marine communities.

Dr. Brian Zgliczynski
Project Coordinator

Dr. Zgliczynski, a postdoctoral researcher, coordinates all aspects of the project, including study design, island selection, field logistics, and fish assemblage assessments. He has visited over 85 islands, spent 650 days at sea, and more than 730 hours underwater conducting scientific research.

Clinton Edwards
Ecological Analyst

Clinton is a marine ecologist and has worked on large-area imaging projects in the Sandin Lab since 2013, helping to lead ecological post processing efforts. His PhD work investigates how natural history strategies shape spatial patterns and demographic responses to disturbance in coral communities.

Lindsay Bonito
Logistics Coordinator

Lindsay manages the day-to-day logistics, from expedition preparation to field collection. A staff researcher at Scripps, Lindsay is also interesting in including the human dimension to the 100 Island Challenge and understanding the role humans have in shaping large-scale patterns on reefs.

Dr. Yoan Eynaud
Data Scientist

Dr. Eynaud, is a data scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He develops techniques to analyze large-scale images collected by the 100 Island Team. His goal is to transform observations of specific patterns from the mosaics using mathematical models and advanced statistical approaches.

Nicole Pedersen
Image Digitization Coordinator

A recently graduated Master’s student, Nicole joins the team as a Staff Researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Nicole used large-scale images to assess spatial patterns of juvenile corals for her thesis, and brings this experience to the team by coordinating our image digitization efforts.

Sam Clements
Research Associate

Sam is a benthic ecologist in the Smith Lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, with an expertise in coral taxonomy. She holds a Master’s degree in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution at UC San Diego and uses her expertise as a scientific diver on field deployments for the 100 Island Challenge.

Chris Sullivan
Logistics Coordinator

Chris manages the day-to-day logistics of the 100 Island Challenge, from expedition preparation to field collection. An experienced field marine biologist, Chris has logged over 250 dives on SCUBA at 38 islands across the tropical Pacific.

Technical Team
Vid Petrovic
Computer Engineer & Software Developer

Vid is a PhD student in the Computer Science and Engineering department at UC San Diego. Vid brings his expertise by developing software to create and analyze 3D images, in addition to developing techniques to optimize the image collection process.

Dr. Dominique Rissolo
Special Projects Coordinator, CHEI

Dr. Rissolo is a marine archaeologist at UC San Diego, working with graduate and undergraduate students on cultural heritage-related projects. Dr. Rissolo also serves on the NOAA Ocean Exploration Advisory Board. (Photo K.C. Alfred)

Dr. Falko Kuester

Dr. Kuester is CalIT2 professor for scientific visualization and virtual reality at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, with emphasis on multi-modal interfaces and remote visualization of large data sets. He serves as the director of the Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative. (Photo John Gibbons)

Chris McFarland
Software Engineer

Chris McFarland is a software engineer in the Qualcomm Institute and he has worked on projects for CISA3, CHEI among others. McFarland is a member of the Catalyst Project’s Library Digital Repository Project and helped create the CAVEcam Virtual Reality Photography Collection of the Geisel Library.

Eric Lo
Robotic Engineer

Eric Lo received his M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2016, after completing a B.S. in Computer Engineering from UC San Diego in 2014. Lo’s primary interests are in embedded systems and robotics applied to the exploration and study of cultural heritage sites.

Dr. Emily Kelly
Postdoctoral Researcher

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Mike Fox
PhD Student

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Dr. Kathryn Furby
Communications Consultant

Scripps Institution of Oceanography