John Heine

Year finished at Moss Landing: MA in 1982

Lab while at Moss Landing:  Subtidal/Phycology, Dr. Mike Foster

Undergraduate education: University of California, Irvine

Current job position and location:  Editor, CalCOFI Reports, and CalCOFI Coordinator, NOAA, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Calif. Dept. of Fish and Game, La Jolla, CA.

Some questions for John:

Q:  Why did you decide to pursue marine science/come to Moss Landing?

I grew up at the beach surfing, diving, swimming, and always loved being in and around the ocean.  MLML seemed to be the perfect place for graduate school.

Q: What did you do your thesis on and why do you find it interesting/important?

Primary Productivity of Subtidal Algae.  I learned the techniques for intertidal productivity and applied them subtidally for the first time.

Q:  What did you go on to after graduation?

I was the Diving Safety Officer and a Research Biologist at MLML for 20 + years.

Q:  What do you do now (if different from above?) Please describe your job and the highlights/challenges of your work.

I’ve been diving on research projects world-wide, including many seasons in the Antarctic, the Arctic, and the Southern Ocean in Australia.  I’ve written five books, including a novel loosely based on my time at MLML, called Marine Dreams.  It’s an e book, and is available on Sony, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks, Diesel, and Scrollmotion.

Q:  What’s the best thing that you took away from MLML?  How did you time at MLML prepare you/influence you for what you do now?

How to work both independently and within a group.  How to look at scientific questions critically.  MLML has great courses and stresses independent research.  It does a great job of preparing students for careers in marine science.

Q:   What would you do if you could do anything differently?

Not a darn thing!

Q:  What advice do you have for someone who wants to go into marine science and/or graduate school?

Pick a couple of programs that you really like, go visit them, and convince them to take you on.  It doesn’t usually work to just apply by mail.

Q:  What advice do you have for someone who wants to pursue a career like yours?

Go for it!  If you work hard and apply yourself, it’s all out there for you to take advantage of.  Good luck!

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3 Responses to John Heine

  1. Pingback: Study at Moss Landing, Dive the World! « The Drop-In to Moss Landing Marine Labs

  2. catdrake says:

    Awesome, another former Anteater! How cool that he’s gone diving in so many places!


  3. Scott Gabara says:

    Great interview. I was always very curious of this John Heine whos name is on so much paperwork in the Dive Locker, which I have been sorting through for the last year. Maybe someday I will get interviewed by MLML and be able to say I have been diving at locations pole to pole and had a humble beginning at Moss Landing!


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