Thomas Consi Ph.D.

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(414) 382-1739
GLRF Main Building 116
Assistant Professor
School Of Freshwater Science

The major research theme of the Freshwater Sciences Lab is the development of marine robots for scientific research and environmental monitoring. Our current work is focused on amphibious robots that can be deployed from dry land, drive out into the crashing surf to make measurements and take samples, and come back home to dry land to deliver their scientific "goods." These vehicles can be used as individual mobile sensor platforms or in a coordinated group to form a portable near-shore observatory.


  • Ph.D., Biology, Columbia University, 1987
  • M.S., Biology, Columbia University, 1981
  • B.A., Biology, Rutgers University, 1979


  • Consi TR, Bingham S, Chepp J, Erdmann TR, Mehrotra A, Ringstad J, and Zhao B. 2010. Amphibious robots as rapidly deployable near-shore observatories. Proceedings of the MTS/IEEE Oceans Conference, Sept. 20-23, 2010, Seattle, WA.
  • Consi TR, Ardaugh BR, Erdmann TR, Matsen M, Peterson M, Ringstad J, Vechart A, and Verink C. 2009. An amphibious surf zone robot for environmental science and monitoring. Proceedings of the MTS/IEEE Oceans Conference, Oct. 26-29, 2009, Biloxi, MS.
  • Consi TR, Anderson G, Barske G, Bootsma H, Hansen T, Janssen J, Klump V, Paddock R, Szmania D, Verhein K, and Waples JT. 2008. Real time observation of the thermal bar and spring stratification of Lake Michigan with the GLUCOS Coastal Observatory. Proceedings of the MTS/IEEE Oceans 2008 Conference, Sept. 14-18, 2008, Quebec City, Canada.
  • Wu X, Li Y, and Consi TR. 2007. Posture synthesis of a symmetric hexapod robot on corrugated surfaces for underwater observation. Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Nov. 12-15, 2007, Seattle, WA.
  • Thompson MK and Consi TR. 2007. Engineering outreach through college pre-orientation programs: MIT Discover Engineering. Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research 8(3&4): 75-82.