Undergrad: Global Environmental Science, University of Hawaii, at Manoa. 2009.
Work experience before MLML?
Volunteer on research cruises, proposal writing for a UH oceanography faculty member, sailing coach.
Q: Why did you decide to pursue marine science?
A: The ocean fascinates me. I’ve spent my entire life living and playing on boats, islands, and coastlines, and I think understanding the ocean is the first step in preserving it.
Q: What experiences and opportunities have shaped your path to get you where you are now?
A: I spent my childhood on a boat, sailing with my parents around the world, and have sailed both for competition and for transportation. In 2007 I joined a New Zealand Olympic sailing team, campaigning on the world circuit for a year. Over the last several years I have sailed in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, competing in inter-island races here in Hawaii, assisting with a seven-day delivery from Fiji to New Zealand, and 6 weeks on an oceanography sailing research vessel. Two summers ago I spent two weeks aboard the University of Hawaii’s research vessel the Kilo Moana as a scientific volunteer, and decided that was the sort of environment I wanted to work in.
Q: What are you studying and why is it interesting and important to you?
A: I’m currently studying how physical oceanography interacts with and affects the sandy seafloor in Santa Cruz bay. This is an interesting topic because the ocean’s waves and currents affect the bottom roughness (also known as ripples), and the bottom roughness in theory interacts with the waves and currents.
Q: What are you hoping or planning to do when you finish?
A: We’ll see. Something outside, using instruments to study the real world and how it works.
Q: What are the most rewarding and challenging aspects of graduate school?
A: The independence we’re given to pursue anything we want is incredibly rewarding yet challenging at the same time.
Q: What advice do you have for someone who wants to get in to marine science?
A: Say yes to everything that interests and excites you, even if it sounds hard, dirty, or unpaid!