The development, execution, and completion of a thesis is like raising a child.

I am currently between a 6 & 7 with my oldest (MS) and a 4 & 5 with my youngest (PhD). Some might prefer the roller coaster analogy; but to me, the development, execution, and completion of a thesis is more than just a carnival ride. What do I know about raising a child (i.e.,Continue reading “The development, execution, and completion of a thesis is like raising a child.”

Visiting the Most Remote Islands On Earth

In Fall 2010, I had the opportunity to join a research cruise to some of the most remote, beautiful, and megafauna-rich islands in the world:  the Northern Line Islands.  We went scuba diving daily, hanging with giant snappers, sharks, and mantas.  We were surrounded by coral gardens with such complexity that it’s hard to describeContinue reading “Visiting the Most Remote Islands On Earth”

“I can harvest light with no chloroplasts”

Last quarter, for my phycology (algae) class, I needed to create something artistic with an algal focus.  After pondering various types of foods, visual art, and algal-based food and drinking apparatuses (not “apparati”); I realized my moment.  I love writing poetry/song.  I love making movies.  I love music.  Thus spawned my music video:  “Chloroplasts”  

His Holiness shares his views on science and compassion.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama visited UCSD yesterday and Scripps Institution of Oceanography today.  I was honored to serve as the student representative of SIO at the lunch and panel discussion in the Paine Forum.   I have not studied his teachings or read his books, but I have listened to some of his lectures. Continue reading “His Holiness shares his views on science and compassion.”

American Fisheries Society, 2012, San Diego

Fishing and fisheries science are what originally piqued my interest in the biological and environmental sciences.  I’ve been a member of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) for nearly a decade now and was honored when my close friend and colleague Jim Hobbs, the president-elect of the California-Nevada Branch of AFS, asked me to serve onContinue reading “American Fisheries Society, 2012, San Diego”