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USGS' St. Petersburg Science Center Presents USGS Director with Replica of Patent for SHARQ Instrumentation


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Lisa Robbins presents USGS Director Chip Groat with a plaque replicating a patent granted to Kim Yates and Bob Halley
Lisa Robbins presents USGS Director Chip Groat with a plaque replicating a patent granted to Kim Yates and Bob Halley for the invention of the SHARQ. Photograph courtesy of Hannah Hamilton.
Lisa Robbins, chief of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s St. Petersburg Science Center in St. Petersburg, FL, presented USGS Director Chip Groat with a plaque commemorating the granting of a patent to USGS scientists Kimberley K. Yates and Robert B. Halley, inventors of the SHARQ (Submersible Habitat for Assessing Reef Quality).

Kim and Bob conceived and designed the SHARQ to measure the respiration parameters of submerged coral reefs. After its initial deployment, the pup-tent-like instrument has been used on various bottom types, including coral-reef settings in the Caribbean and Hawaii, seagrass beds in Tampa Bay, and shallow mudflats in Florida Bay.

U.S. Patent No. US 6,467,424 B1 was granted on October 22, 2002, but Lisa waited for the Director's trip to the joint Conference on the Science and Restoration of the Greater Everglades and Florida Bay Ecosystem in Palm Harbor, FL, to present the replica in April 2003. The Director was pleased to accept the award and promised to display the plaque proudly in his Reston office. The original plaque resides at the St. Petersburg Science Center.


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SHARQ Infested Waters - USGS Open-File Report 00-166
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Geochemical Productivity Monitoring in Florida Bay - USGS Open-File Report 00-361
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