Mr. Neumann is a Ph.D. student in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program for Marine Science at the University of California Santa Barbara. His research focuses on developing and applying technology to study changes in water chemistry on the spatial and temporal scales at which they occur in the environment. Also driving his research is a goal to reduce the cost of water monitoring technologies to allow for wider-spread data collection, especially in developing and low-income regions. Kyle received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in BioResource Research from Oregon State University. As an undergraduate, Kyle developed water sampling systems to study surface water impacts as a result of hydraulic fracturing. In addition, he was part of a small team of students who built a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to explore seeps at the bottom of volcanic lakes. After completing his degree, Kyle was employed as a Marine Systems Specialist at the Sexton Corporation, where he designed and built custom underwater scientific and camera equipment. Kyle has taken these skills to sea as an engineer on research cruises in the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific, most recently aboard the E/V Nautilus as a lead video engineer. In each of his undertakings Kyle strives to include an education and outreach component. In the past this has included volunteering for local science media outlets, and teaching underwater robotics classes for middle and high school students. Currently, he is helping to develop an education and outreach program for an upcoming cruise on the R/V Sally Ride. Support from the Link Foundation will allow Mr. Neumann to develop water samplers that collect and store a continuous sample over time. Upon retrieval, the sample can be divided into segments representing shorter time periods during the deployment, similar to an ice core except for water chemistry. In addition, each of these samplers will have their own conductivity, temperature and pressure logging ability which will put the water samples in the context of changing physical conditions. In their first large scale deployment, an array of the samplers will be used to study plume dynamics at stream-mouths on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia. In recent decades, the health of nearshore coral ecosystems on the island have declined precipitously, with algae out-competing much of the coral. Land use changes on the island, with a growing population and increased agriculture, may be connected to the reef decline through stream runoff. Using these novel water samplers, Kyle’s project will be the first to quantify and model runoff from the island onto reefs. Once proven here, the water samplers have wide ranging applications to improve the spatial and temporal resolution of data collected coastal marine ecosystems worldwide.