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UM engineering school studying animal behavior

Researchers at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park have teamed up with counterparts at the National Geographic Society and Princeton University to develop new devices animals can wear to capture video, sound, geo-location data and other information.

The National Science Foundation is funding the project with a four-year, $1.8 million grant. The program’s goal is to provide insights into group behavior of endangered species, thereby providing scientists with valuable information to help protect those animals.

In addition to creating employment opportunities, it is hoped the project will attract more students to science and engineering fields.