Megan Lubetkin

Mae Lubetkin

Science Manager
Independent researcher

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

I am an independent ocean researcher with a scientific background in submarine volcanism and geochemistry, or the study of underwater volcanic eruptions. To understand the deep ocean, which is inaccessible to humans without technology, mediation is essential. For this reason, marine geophysical data collection, ROV exploration, and underwater imaging are key components of my scientific interests. As the Science Manager on Nautilus, I ensure that dive interpretation, sample processing, data collection, and curation are accomplished in collaboration with scientists and engineers, aboard and onshore. 

My current work traverses disciplines and lives at the margins of deep-sea science, digital media, and sound. Through field research, creative experimentation, and collective critical study, I reimagine the potential artistic outcomes of my earth and ocean studies through a queer, anti-extractive, and decolonial framework. My core practice engages ephemeral and unreachable environments through process-oriented creative projects.

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

My relationship with the ocean began at 14 when I moved to the coast of Maine.

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

I'm inspired by my teachers, many writers and artists, and the people I love.

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

Spending time with the ocean at sea is the most fascinating and generous part of my work.  

What other jobs led you to your current career?

Working as a teaching assistant (University of Rhode Island and Bates College), outreach scientist (Narragansett Bay Classroom), research assistant (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University of Massachusetts), curatorial assistant (Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology and URI Marine Geological Samples Lab), and working with Ocean Exploration Trust at sea and ashore has shown me a variety of possibilities. 

Though my current interests were shaped more by the people, readings, and works I engage with and less so by formal jobs.

What are your degrees and certifications?

M.S. Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, 2019 

B.S. Geology, Bates College, 2016 

PADI Rescue Diver

What are your hobbies?

music, rock climbing, motorcycles, friendships

What advice would you give someone who is interested in a career like yours?

Ask why, be proactive, and collaborate. If you don’t see a way of life or career that fits you, consider doing something new.       

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

I first joined Nautilus as an Ocean Science and Seafloor Mapping intern in 2015.