Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?
Currently I am working on building a sensor which will detect NPP from an aerial view using cameras with special band pass filters. This project tickles both my technological and scientific interests.
What sparked your initial interest in your career?
Living near the water, I have always had a special interest in the health of ocean.
Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?
A calculus teacher early on in my studies saw that I was struggling with the material yet observed my determination. He commented that although the concepts may not come easily, he saw in me 'grit and determination' which would carry me through. In the end I came away with high marks but his words have endured as a bit of a mantra for me in difficult times.
What element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?
I'm most interested in learning ways of combating pollution in the marine landscape.
What other jobs led you to your current career?
I've worked for the past 10 years in film industry and at a certain point I realized I wanted to feed my soul a bit more. I took a journey to find the thing I cared the most about which was our oceans. I hope to find a way to meld my two loves and this opportunity with the Ocean Exploration Trust is the stepping stone to do so.
What are your degrees and certifications?
AAS film and video 2004
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy biking, skiing, scuba diving, running, trapeze, knitting, and reading.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career like yours?
I would recommend being bold in your endeavors. Don't be afraid of approaching someone you admire and asking to be involved in their work. The worse thing that can happen is that they'll say no.