Leslie Birch
Graduate Students
Master of Operational Oceanography
Graduate Student Masters of Operational Oceanography
Short History

My diverse interests in electronics/circuits, environment and programming led me to AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles). My past work includes designing Arduino projects and creating tutorials for Adafruit, as well as coordinating parts for a busy educational engineering lab at University of Pennsylvania. Recently I’ve been learning how to operate a REMUS AUV at Rutger’s University Marine Field Station at Tuckerton. Although I grew up in Lederach, PA, my best memories are from my time at my grandmother’s house in Eastern Shore, MD, where I learned to appreciate sail boats, fish and orchids. Any free time is spent birding, hiking, kayaking, and talking AUV vendors into tours of their facilities.


Research Interests

My focus is piloting underwater vehicles, whether they be AUVs/gliders, or ROVs. I’m inspired by the work at Rutger’s field station, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Running missions to reveal marine life behaviors and changes in benthic habitat is my primary goal. However, I also see myself as a wrangler of the technology, helping to improve it, whether it is a new sensor or a comparison of data with another ocean observing platform.



2022-Present, Masters Candidate, Operational Oceanography, Rutgers University

2019-2022, Environmental Studies, University of Pennsylvania (completed half of the Master’s program)

1991- Bachelor of Arts, Communications, Arcadia University