Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Arizona
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Arizona Project

Development of Low-Cost, High Definition Videography Methods for Documenting Underwater Flora and Fauna and Creating Education Presentations

June 2016 - December 2020


Participating Agencies

How to inexpensively capture high def UW fish video featured in Fisheries magazine, March, 2020.

Freshwater biotic communities are complex, magnificent ecosystems, but are often unseen by the general public. In the southwestern United States, underwater views of these communities are rarely obtained. Until recently, methods for aquatic biologists and educators to communicate with the public about these systems required fish and other organisms be brought to the surface, or expensive underwater video and camera techniques be employed. However, with the accelerating development of inexpensive, ultra-high definition underwater video technology and the advancement of personal computer systems to process such video, high quality educational video presentations are now within reach of biologists and educators to use to educate the public. We are developing inexpensive methods that can be used by most biologists and educators with little to no background experience to produce stunning presentations of underwater viewscapes of freshwater systems. Methods were developed and tested while filming underwater aquatic communities of southern Nevada and California. Data are now being compiled, and methods will be presented in a thesis chapter and publication. Partners include USFWS and NDOW.

Research Publications Publication Date
Ulrich, T. L., and S. A. Bonar. 2020. Inexpensive, Underwater Filming of Rare Fishes in High Definition. Fisheries 45:121-130. March 2020
Presentations Presentation Date
Ulrich, T. L., S. A. Bonar, C. M. Sheehy, and D. Bogner. 2016. Use of high-definition video technology to acquaint the public with cryptic desert fishes of the southern Nevada/Death Valley region. 48th Annual Meeting of the Desert Fishes Council, 15-19 November, 2016, Albuquerque, New Mexico. (contributed Oral Presentation) November 2016
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Ulrich, T. L. 2018. Using high-definition underwater videography and social psychology to increase publish interest in rare fishes. MS Thesis. University of Arizona, Tucson December 2018