MA­RINE GONG

The West Australian - - INSIDE COVER -

A Mur­doch Uni­ver­sity ma­rine sci­en­tist who uses drones and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to mon­i­tor dugongs is one of 10 fi­nal­ists in the run­ning for a $1 mil­lion prize from tech gi­ant Google.

Dr Amanda Hodg­son’s Du­gong De­tec­tor sur­veys these aquatic mam­mals to learn more about sea­grass habi­tats, which are vi­tal to the sur­vival of this and many other species.

“If the sea­grass dis­ap­pears, so do the dugongs,” Dr Hodg­son said.

You can vote for her project by find­ing Google Im­pact Chal­lenge on­line.

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