Role on the expedition:
Education and Outreach
What is it like being on a ship:
It is a cool package of experiences. I am usually a light sleeper but the light rolls of the ship put me to sleep really fast. The views are also spectacular – you look out and all you see is ocean and sky, it is beautiful. I feel very connected to nature on the ship, seeing the sunset and the moonrises; it has been the most amazing opportunity.
Favorite food or meal on the ship:
Vegetarian green curry with tofu, rice, and vegetables.
Why I love science:
To be honest, I love the environment more then I love the science of it. It is my deep connection to the ocean that makes me want to go into marine science. I have a lot of respect for the scientific method though, because it is our best attempt to get at truth.
Advice for future marine scientists:
I am very atypical because I have not taken a normal route to marine science; getting a bachelor in foreign languages and having since decided to go back to school to explore marine sciences. I have been ridiculously fortunate to have volunteered for the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, and it has led me from one opportunity to the next. Volunteering and doing whatever kind of projects you can is the most important way to get your foot in the door.
Favorite part about being at sea:
Definitely, getting to go diving. I am raring to get into the water every day that I can. The water is beautiful and so clear. You see some really fascinating marine life out here, sharks, uluas, star fish, all kinds of things.
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