The reefRover is a student-led initiative that was awarded second place in the 2016 UAE Drones for Good competition. The project is developed in conjunction with a marine biologist from NYUAD, whose research examines coral communities in extreme environments and their response to mass bleaching events. The reefRover team works to enable citizen scientists to collect research-grade data on coral reefs and increase the availability of coral reef data worldwide. Since the competition, the project has been passed down from the founders to current students in NYUAD, who are committed to pushing the boundaries of coral monitoring techniques.
The list of all the reefRover team members are the following: Dani Carelli, Hazem Ibrahim, Jovan Jovancevic, Shien Yang Lee, Ali Abouelatta, Kyler Meehan, Antony Tahan, Rumail Memon, Shantanu Jain, Lujain Ibrahim, Praggya Ayshwarya, Guillermo Schlamp.