Cruise Blog Coordinator
Bio: If Ocean Acidification (OA) had been a field of study when I was a graduate student, things might have turned out differently, but as it happened, I didn’t discover my calling until relatively recently, when I chanced upon Elizabeth Kolbert’s seminar article about OA The Darkening Sea in a back issue of The New Yorker. Shortly thereafter, I heard Dr. Richard Feely speak on the subject, and was hooked. Fast forward a few years* to my current position as Washington Sea Grant’s OA Specialist and Liaison to NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab—my ‘dream job’ that combines marine science, environmental stewardship and public outreach.
Whether I’m translating the latest ocean research into outreach products and educational tools, supporting state and tribal efforts to address OA, or brainstorming with scientists and shellfish growers about ways to lessen the impact of OA, sometimes I just have to pinch myself! [That’s me with West Coast OA Cruise Chief Scientist Dr. Feely, Philippe Cousteau Jr. and PMEL’s Slocum glider–an autonomous instrument that allows scientists to collect ocean chemistry data in real time. Don’t I look happy?]
What I’m doing on this cruise: While the cruise scientists are out at sea learning everything they can about OA and its impacts in the California Current Ecosystem, I’m living vicariously from my desk in Seattle, sharing their discoveries, musings and images with you via this blog.
*read the long version here