Role on the expedition:
Benthic Monitoring Team Diver
How I became interested in marine science:
At a pretty early age I was interested in the natural world and being outdoors. My first experience with marine science was at age 17, when I went to work at the national park in the Galapagos Islands. I immediately knew it was a beautiful opportunity.
What methods I use for my research:
For this expedition, we're trying to classify, count, and measure corals, reef fish, invertebrates, and algae. We use our eyes to look at what's around, we use slates to record what we see, use cameras to photograph what we don't recognize, and we use rulers to measure the organisms. To do it, we need divers that really know the organisms are found here in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, but aside from that it's pretty low-tech.
Favorite food or meal on the ship:
I like Mexican, so when we have burritos with some guacamole, it's very tasty.
Why I love science:
Doesn't everyone? I really got interested in pursuing a career in marine biology at an early age. I just really love being outdoors, even though that's just a tiny portion of what I do. I spend a lot of time in the laboratory and in front of a computer analyzing results, but it is still the biggest passion that I have and what makes me the happiest.
Advice for future marine scientists:
Get out there! There are a lot of opportunities to get involved with different organizations and agencies that hire volunteers or might need extra help with projects. A lot of it is meeting the right people, who work in the field and might be able to give you advice.
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