For this marine chemist, being homebound doesn't mean you can't accomplish big things.
WHOI scientist Matthew Long's hobby and scientific interests overlap significantly, allowing him to continue some of his MACHINE Lab (Marine Chemistry, Instrumentation, and Engineering) operations at home.
He has constructed a solar communications buoy in his basement that will allow for long-term instrument deployments to measure coastal carbon cycling. The buoy has batteries, solar power, cellular communications, GPS, marine lights, and the ability to continuously transmit power to instruments on the seafloor in shallow, coastal environments. Now, he just needs to figure out how to get it out of his basement.