Role on the expedition:
Benthic Survey Team Diver
How I became interested in marine science:
I have always been interested in marine science, growing up in California I spent a lot of time exploring tide pools and playing in the water. When I got to high school and took my first marine science course, I was hooked.
Why is this research important:
The benefit of coral surveys is that they allow you to compare coral health by contrasting the amount of coral, the amount of coral disease, the relationship between high coral cover and fish abundance, etc. This can help the field of conservation because corals are dwindling and it is important to set a baseline of what protected and healthy corals look like.
Favorite food or meal on the ship:
Why I love science:
I love science because there is so much to explore. People say that everything has been discovered, but there are still new discoveries and the more you know, truly is the less you know. There are many intricate facets to life and so much to investigate!
Advice for future marine scientists:
The most important thing is to get involved; do not just wait till you get into college. Start volunteering – it shows that you can work hard and be reliable, and helps develop your interests. Love what you do!
Favorite part about being at sea:
My favorite part about being out at sea is the connectedness you get of living and working with all the scientists and the break from the rush of daily life. It is a set amount of time away from it all that allows you to focus on the work at hand and meet and work with a lot of great people.
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