Not everyone who studies the ocean is a marine biologist. I'm not obsessed with sharks, nor do I spend time communicating with baby dolphins - and that's not to say each of these subjects isn't intrisically important! But the ocean is actually a vast environment requiring a multitude of interdisciplinary studies, and some of us decided to study rocks and light fields instead. The dynamic interplay of reef species with each other and their environment is an incredibly alien thing that deserves attention from a global systems perspective. I am a coral reef ecologist. And let me tell you, that deep blue sea gets way cooler than just swimming with sharks.
Consequently, I joined the COral Reef Airborne Laboratory mission in 2016 as a Research Technician. My role is to work on the field validation of remote sensing products and assess coral reef community structure, while otherwise providing assistance to field and laboratory experiments for environmental programs in Bermuda. I love working underwater and am interested in the establishment of globally uniform methodologies for surveying coral reefs.
I also like reading, sewing, and underwater photography.
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