URI researchers develop, test new equipment to study deep-sea species

ON A RECENT expedition, ocean engineering researchers from the University of Rhode Island successfully tested new equipment that could help shape future deep-sea exploration. Pictured above is the URI Kingston campus in South Kingstown. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Brennan Phillips, assistant professor of ocean engineering at the University of Rhode Island, has made advancements in the field of soft robotic grippers that can be used to identify and safely collect fragile undersea species, the university announced Dec. 3. URI ocean engineering students Russell Shomberg and Brendan Unikewicz joined Phillips and…

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