UMF Student Creates App to Fight Invasive Aquatic Plants

RP123-078Invasive aquatic plants are an escalating problem in Maine and one that University of Maine at Farmington senior and computer science major Christopher Bond wants to help prevent. While working as a UMF intern on a National Science Foundation EPSCoRE Grant, Bond has created a free mobile device app that will help people report suspected invasive aquatic plants. Bond’s app helps users identify suspected intruders and allows the user to send a photo and GPS coordinates of the plant to a Maine lake monitoring organization. “UMF’s computer science program really prepared me for the kind of hands-on work a research project like this requires,” said Bond. “It’s very rewarding to know the results of my internship could help in the fight to keep Maine waterways free from invasive plants.”

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