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  This project integrates education and dissemination with research through a variety of strongly linked activities, as described in the previous sections. Highlights of these activities are:

• development of a new technology that could fundamentally change field ecology, and the integration of this technology with a scientific research program to advance understanding of ecosystems and environmental effects on them;
• a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research and education that integrates biological sciences with engineering via undergraduate and graduate research and mentoring;
• training of students, including students from underrepresented (Native American, Hispanic) groups in wireless sensor technology;
• a combined outreach/education initiative that features diverse media and audiences, with special emphasis on (i) K-12 education and teaching and (ii) partnerships with the Flagstaff Arboretum and the National Park Service; and
• Increasing global public and scientific awareness of the benefits of wireless sensor network technology through an international workshop and a multi-lingual, multimedia website.

We believe that the wireless sensor network technology detailed in this proposal meets the “great need for smaller, cheaper…radios that can link individual or a small group of sensors to the net using ‘mesh’ techniques” (Hughes 2002). In recognition of the need to disseminate the technology, the PI is working with three MBA students to identify technology transfer strategies as part of a program that partners technologists with the NAU College of Business and the Flagstaff-based Northern Arizona High Technology and Business Incubator. A primary focus of this effort is innovative approaches to meet critical and newly developing niche markets. There are also important applications beyond data acquisition for scientific research: the suite of technologies proved in this project could be applied to monitoring for resource management, detection of biohazards and toxic emissions, and micrometeorology for public safety.
 
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