Zelalem ‘Ze’ Engida, U Vic

PhD student, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, BC, Canada

Bio: I’m originally from Ethiopia, a landlocked country in the Horn of Africa. I studied atmospheric science as an undergraduate and graduate student on three different continents. While traveling between the continents, I became interested in the oceans I was flying over. Upon completing my second graduate program, I decided to pursue a PhD in ocean science and joined the University of Victoria. I’m currently a PhD candidate in the University’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, working with Dr. Debbie Ianson. I participated in the fall 2014 La Peruse cruise, where my primary responsibility was collecting DIC and oxygen samples.

What I’m doing on this cruise: I’m currently studying the mechanisms that drive carbon and oxygen extremes in coastal regions, focusing on the west coast of Vancouver Island. I’m glad to be back at sea.