Guest Bloggers

Keep an eye out for these students who contribute as guest bloggers to the Drop-In.

Suzanne Christensen, Phycology Lab

“I arrived in the United States in the Fall of 2004, and back then I didn’t know that I wanted to study science at all.  In Sweden I had studied economics and this is what I thought I would continue in the U.S.. I had always felt passionate about the environment and the ocean but I honestly thought that I wasn’t smart enough to master a bachelor’s degree in science. So I started studying general studies at a community college. I enrolled in a marine biology class…”  Read more

Jinchen Guo, Invertebrate Zoology Lab

Martin and Sea Cucumber

“Life began in the ocean, and it is still supporting plenty of resources to human beings. Ocean is very close to approximately 80% of the world’s population, yet less than 1% of the entire blue world has been completely studied and understood. We will have a better understanding of the ocean and receiving more economic and environmental benefits from it by understanding the geological, physical, and chemical properties of the ocean as well as deciphering patterns and secrets of various marine life.” Read more

Jennifer Keliher-Venegas, Invertebrate Zoology Lab

Jennifer Keliher“Somehow my dream to become a scientist turned into somewhat of an impossibility for me as an adolescent. However, thanks to the care and facilitation of mentors I acquired in community college I realized the tangibility of materializing my educational dreams and learned of opportunities available to obtain research experience and scholarship aid.”  Read more

Elizabeth Lam, Biological Oceanography

lizlamblogpicMarine science has been a steadily growing passion of mine over the last several years.  As an undergrad, I always knew I loved biology, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what I wanted to do with it in terms of my future.   When I lived in San Diego as a kid, I would go surfing every chance I got and loved being near the ocean.  I didn’t put two and two together until later, when I began volunteering at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz and I realized how fun it was to constantly learn new things about the ocean.  During that experience, I realized I had to pursue marine science.Read more

Ryan Manzer, Physical Oceanography Lab

“I am currently investigating the role of potential hormone release in the timing of broadcast spawning events in Chrysoara fuscescens.  Despite their importance as a food resource and a significant plankton predator, little is known about the life history of these animals.  As both shifts in temperature regimes and overfishing are predicted to favor a medusa dominated ocean ecosystem, it is important that we understand these animals more thoroughly and all the ways we may impact their life cycles.”   Read more


Kenji Soto, Geological Oceanography

Kenji SotoA big influence in my desire to study the ocean was being a part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Student Oceanography Club (SOC) in middle and high school. SOC provided a hands-on approach to marine science education and also brought in guest speakers to talk about their research.  To me, these presenters were like rock stars, and I wanted to be one of them.  And now, hopefully I will be!  With just my BS, I found that I was unqualified for many of the jobs that I wanted.  Because of this, I decided that I would need a graduate degree to reach my goals.” Read more