About Us


PublicSensors was started by a team of students, faculty and staff at the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington. The PubicSensors team has used sensor building in both their own scientific research and educational initiatives for undergraduates and K-12 students.  PublicSensors is a culmination of our past and current programs to increase the accessibility of sensor building. We hope you enjoy building and learning with sensors as much as we do!



Sasha Seroy

Assistant Teaching Professor

Sasha is an Assistant Teaching Professor in Oceanography at the University of Washington and leads the UW Ocean Technology Program. She is also active in science communication, education and outreach. She has led programs and classes in sensor building and environmental education.


Robert Levine

Research Physical Scientist

Robert is a Research Physical Scientist at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center. His research involves using sensors on ships, moorings, and robots to track where and when fish are moving. When he’s not counting fish, he’s usually happily riding a bike through the rain.


Amy Wyeth

Graduate Student

Amy is a PhD student in Oceanography at the University of Washington studying how changes in oxygen and pH affect some of the smallest animals in the ocean. Her research frequently takes her out to sea where she learned that putting an orange peel up your nose can help with smelly samples. She loves to explore her environment by running, hiking, biking, and skiing, and has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and biked across the USA.


Danny Grünbaum

Professor Emeritus

Danny enjoys wrestling with interesting questions and challenging problems in marine ecology, oceanography, engineering and applied math when he’s not kayaking and sailing with his family.


Jose Esparza

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Intern

Jose graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in Geography/Environmental Studies. He is also a DDCSP@UW alumni who is pursuing a career in conservation work with strong intersection in science, community outreach, environmental justice, etc. As a way to connect with his environment, he loves to spend time outdoors, hiking, playing soccer and exploring creative outlets through drawing. 


Tansy Burns

Academic Analyst

Tansy is an academic analyst in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington.  Since earning her PhD in Oceanograph, she has been bridging her interests in education and ocean science through work in K-12, informal, and higher education.  In her free time she enjoys going on adventures with her family and reading.

Deana Crouser

Research Scientist

Deana graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S in Oceanography and is currently a Zooplankton Ecologist at NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center, where she monitors the health of the Arctic ecosystem on a microscopic level. Her research focuses on how climate change is affecting zooplankton communities all around the world and involves using sensors on ships, identifying different types of zooplankton present, and teaching computers artificial intelligence to help in her research. She loves participating in science education and outreach, especially with minority students like herself. When she’s not doing science, Deana enjoys spending quality time with her cat.

PublicSensors Publications:

Grünbaum, D. 2020. Foundations of Environmental Sensing: A practical introduction to making and using environmental sensors.

Levine, R., S. Seroy, and D. Grünbaum. 2020. Sound and the seafloor: Determining bathymetry using student-built acoustic sensors. Oceanography 33(3),

Seroy, S., H. Zulmuthi, and D. Grünbaum. 2019. Connecting chemistry concepts with environmental context using student-built pH sensors. Journal of Geoscience Education 68(4),

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