Role on the expedition:
Fish Survey Team Diver
How I became interested in marine science:
I have always been interested in marine sciences and fish. Growing up in Kauaʻi fishing and body boarding had a big effect on me. From an early age I wanted to do something related to the marine environment. I worked at the Mokupapapa Discover Center in Hilo for many years, and it was a great opportunity, allowing me to be able to participate on a few research expeditions like this one.
Favorite food or meal on the ship:
Any of the fish dishes, they are all great.
Why I love science:
I like learning about the natural environment, and science is a good way to do it. Being a keen observer is what science is all about.
Advice for future marine scientists:
Do not give up! Growing up on Kaua'i, the job opportunities in the field of marine science were very limited and still are. I kept hearing how hard it would be to find a job on Kaua'i, but I always knew that I wanted to come back. If marine science is what you are interested in, then pursue it. Do not let anyone tell you to change your field of interest or your schooling to study something that you do not really like. Your career is something you have to do for the rest of your life, so you might as well love it.
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