Role on the expedition:
Education and Outreach
How I became interested in marine science:
Since I was a little girl I have always been fascinated with the ocean. Growing up in a land locked part of the world, I was determined to make my way to saltier waters.
Favorite food or meal on the ship:
Dessert of course, especially the freezer filled with ice cream!
How does this research expedition apply to management:
Being able to monitor one of the world's most remote and pristine reef areas is critical to understand the dynamic reef ecosystems and to gather baseline data. Knowing what is out in these waters is necessary in order to understand how to better protect it and notice changes that may occur due to human threats that we have no control over such as climate change.
Why I love science:
I love science because it gives you an opportunity to explore the natural world, and understand how it works. I have a lot of faith in the scientific research and its ability to help us better understand our fragile marine environments, particularly in light of our changing climate and other human impacts such as pollution and plastic accumulation in the ocean.
Advice for future marine scientists:
Do not give up! Perseverance and determination will get you everywhere. It is the most challenging things in life that get you the biggest rewards. Pursue your dreams aggressively, and seek advice from others who work in the field. There are so many amazing opportunities out there so take the time to explore them.
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