Role on the expedition:
Fish Survey Team Diver
How I became interested in marine science:
I grew up going diving and fishing, I was always was interested in the ocean and marine life. Going to school, I learned about how to protect our natural resources. Luckily, I got to work with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and now with the NOAA Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. I just love the ocean and doing what I can to protect it!
How did growing up in Hawaiʻi influence your work:
I grew up going camping and fishing with my dad and uncles every weekend at Kaʻena Point. I feel a real spiritual connection to Kaʻena – it is very much like the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands: a cultural place with lots of resources. Growing up doing things in the ocean motivated me to want to protect the ocean as much as I could.
Favorite food or meal on the ship:
Why I love science:
I love science because it is cool!
Advice for future marine scientists:
Get plugged in and show your passion. Get interested in people, ask questions, and volunteer all you can with ocean-related activities.
Favorite part about being at sea:
Getting to see all the cool fish and places that no one has been able to dive on or has seen before, it is really fascinating.
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