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Student Profile: Rob Rondeau

September 17, 2021
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Archaeology doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment

For close to 30 years now I've been a marine archaeologist. Presently, I'm interested in the advancement and application of such technologies as Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and Autonomously Operated Vehicles (AUVs) in relation to acoustic surveying (multi-beam bathymetry and sub-bottom profiling) and visual surveying (virtual reality and 3D imaging). 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

A large part of my career has been focused on studying shipwrecks but, more recently, it has expanded to locating and documenting atypical wrecks, such as WWII aircraft and, now, submerged landscapes. I'm particularly interested in finding evidence of a coastal migration route related to the peopling of the Americas on the Pacific coast of North America that may have existed prior to 12,000 BP.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?

Underwater remote sensing technology has increasingly become more of a focus for the discipline. Presently, I'm interested in the advancement and application of such technologies as Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and Autonomously Operated Vehicles (AUVs) in relation to acoustic surveying (multi-beam bathymetry and sub-bottom profiling) and visual surveying (virtual reality and 3D imaging).

 

Contact : rrondeau@sfu.ca

ADDITIONAL LINKS

  • Instagram: @rondeau-rob