The Team

Ship Location

Channel Islands, USA

Alexandra Dawson

Photo of Alexandra Dawson
Seafloor Mapping Intern
College of Charleston

Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

What element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?

The most fascinating thing about my work is being able to determine why something is occurring by looking at the bathymetry of the sea floor. In the case of my sand wave research, I was able to take something as large as my study site and broke it down into smaller pieces to determine the larger picture is the most fascinating. 

What other jobs led you to your current career?

Currently, I am a student at the College of Charleston but I have been involved in the BEAMS program at CofC, I have sailed aboard the Nautilus and the R/V Savannah, and I have presented my work at the 2017 US Hydro meeting and won first place for my study. Presently, I am a rising Junior at the College and I hope to continue to widen my area of expertise.

What are your degrees and certifications?

I am working on my Bachelor of Science in Geology at the College of Charleston. 

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies include photography, spending time at the beach, biking around Charleston, and spending time with my sorority sisters!

What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career like yours?

How did you get involved with the Nautilus Exploration Program? How did you get on the ship?


"I am ecstatic to be a Honors Research Student aboard the Nautilus! This experience will enhance the love I have for marine life and will provide hands- on experience towards my future college major."