Undergraduate, University of Washington, School of Oceanography
Bio: Marine science was not what I had originally planned to do in my life. I grew up in Eastern Washington where there was desert and agriculture. However, I’ve always been attracted to water and the outdoors. After being in a research lab for bioengineering (my original intended major), I realized that bioengineering was not for me. I stumbled upon a random oceanography class at UW, and immediately fell in love with it. Two years later led me to be involved with more oceanography research and here, getting ready for this cruise! I’m excited to be working with so many amazing researchers and to learn more about what is going on off of our own coasts. Despite still being an undergraduate (soon to be graduate student), this is not my first time going to sea, but it will be the first time going to sea outside of the University of Washington classes.
What I’m doing on this cruise: I’m actually a volunteer with Dr. Nina Bednarsek. For the past year I’ve been working with her on ocean acidification related projects. While on the cruise I’ll be assisting Nina with her investigations of pteropods and ocean acidification.