The Team

Ship Location

San Pedro, USA

Mallory Ringham

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Science/Data Team
Graduate Student
MIT/ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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

I currently work in a CO2 systems lab that builds and deploys autonomous dissolved inorganic carbon, pCO2, and pH sensors to understand carbon cycling in a variety of marine settings. 

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

I have been fortunate to have family, friends, and incredible faculty mentors in STEM fields.

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

How did you get involved with the Nautilus Exploration Program?  

I thought about stowing away on a research cruise for quite some time before I found out that the Nautilus Exploration Program takes on ocean science and engineering interns. I sailed on the Nautilus in August/September 2015 during our first cruise with Ocean Networks Canada, and I'm excited to return this year.

What other jobs led you to your current career? 

What are your degrees and certifications?

The degrees I hold are a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Chemical Engineering -- Syracuse University 2013; Master of Science in Earth Sciences -- Syracuse University 2015.

What are your hobbies?

I love to run, and I am a swing, salsa, and ballroom dancer. My favorite hobbies on board the Nautilus include reading, stargazing, and starting up card games. 

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

Talk to everyone. Scientists and engineers love to share their work, and you never know who might have an opening in their lab for a dedicated student or volunteer.

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

After participating in the SEIP Ocean Science Internship two years ago, I threatened to stow away on the ship I loved it so much. This will be my third season on the Nautilus returning in increasing responsibility roles (and my third time sailing on Ocean Networks Canada cruises).

"I was extremely excited to discover the internship opportunities for students and recent graduates offered by the Ocean Exploration Trust, and I can't wait to step on board to join the Nautilus team. I believe that ocean exploration is vitally important in understanding our resources and our planet at large, and I am thrilled to be able to participate in this research."