Have you ever wondered what it takes to be an ocean explorer? Thought to yourself, “How can I live on a ship?” “I wonder what scientists see in the deep sea”, or “If I could explore somewhere I would do this or go there?”
One of E/V Nautilus’s Science Managers, Taylorann Smith, recently shared her story with the Tumble Science Podcast for Kids team to discuss how she became involved in ocean exploration. Joining the Corps of Exploration first as an Ocean Science intern and advancing to become a Science Manager, Taylorann proves pursuing your dreams is possible, with a bit of work. Listen to how she got started, where her interests lie, and what she hopes to accomplish.
One of the main roles as an ocean science intern and science manager is to be a data logger. Data loggers are critical in each expedition, making sure samples are organized on ROV Hercules during collections, observing and recording sights and interesting features, and then writing dive reports to record what happened throughout each dive. Think you might want to be a data logger on E/V Nautilus someday? Try it out yourself with our Data Logging Activity during a live ROV dive. For students who like to visually share and draw what they observe, watch how science observations are turned into detailed note-taking in the Fieldnotes: Where Art Meets Exploration video.
Taylorann is one of a diverse team of professionals who have sailed on E/V Nautilus, with everyone having different backgrounds and experiences. To learn more about the various roles onboard and to read biographies of fascinating members of the Corps of Exploration check out the Team page.
This podcast episode was supported by Ocean Exploration Trust through the support of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.