Role on the expedition:
Fish Survey Team Diver
How I became interested in marine science:
My mom got me a fish tank when I was eleven, and I kept getting bigger and bigger fish tanks. In high school, I got scuba certified and kept diving. I got tired hauling dive tanks when I was a dive instructor so I went back to school and decided to take the fish tank to the bigger subject of marine science.
What methods I use for my research:
We do point surveys by selecting sites based on region and depth (shallow, moderate, and deep sites). Once we have the sites, we dive on them and set up a 30 meter transect line (measuring tape underwater), and set up divers at different points at 7.5 meters and 22 meters. We then quantify the number and type of fish found in that region, and size the large fish.
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Why I love science:
I like to explain why things are like they are. I like to know the ins and outs and why things function the way they do; I am very analytical in that way. If I can study things and understand the ecosystem and how it relates to other parts, it gives me a greater appreciation for it. Plus, it was the only thing I was really good at in school so I stuck with it!
Advice for future marine scientists:
Stick with it, find something you love, volunteer, and get out there. Show your passion for the stuff and do not be afraid to get your hands dirty. If you do not have opportunities, keep looking around, get your foot in the door. Do not get discouraged in school as initiative really pays off.
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