Professor of Biology Adjunct Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution College of Arts & Sciences
Professor Atema’s research interests include sensory biology, chemical signals, receptor physiology, animal behavior, behavioral ecology, chemical ecology and biomimetic robotics. As part of the Boston University Marine Program, Professor Atema has sought to understand how marine animals sense their environment, how they use this information to make decisions leading to food and mates while avoiding danger, and how these decisions play out in population dynamics and evolution. His work has contributed to lobster management and impacts reef conservation and marine protected areas. The lobster and shark research on sensing has led to navigation algorithms for autonomous underwater vehicles (“robo-lobster”).