Today, Mike Irvine defended his thesis in a pinstripe suit and scuba gear underwater from a dive site in the Pacific Ocean. With his committee connected by a livestreamed teleconference, the first submarine defense was a proof-of-concept for his research on how marine web cameras are impacting ocean education.

Irvine defended his thesis from a dive location near James Island Wharf in Saanich, British Columbia. His research focused on how remotely-streamed cameras allow even those without access to the ocean the ability to get first-hand virtual access to marine environments, and how this technology impacts the capacity to do meaningful ocean education. The hour-long defense is available for replay here. It was streamed as part of the Fish Eye Project, a nonprofit organization that livestreams dive events to classrooms.

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