Taking the First Step

posted Jun 30, 2012, 2:38 PM by Shannon Casey   [ updated Jun 30, 2012, 2:40 PM ]

This is my first time on board a research vessel. I came here with lots of excitement, eager to learn more about oceanographic sciences. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to experience science in the making first-hand. Of course, I am a bit nervous, too. There is always some sort of pressure when you are working along side incredible scientists. Plus, now I have the added fear of suffering from sea sickness or falling from the top bunk bed.

I am really looking forward to working on board of the R/V Melville. And I am really excited about having a chance to help on deck and push myself through new experiences.



Photo: Elvira Hernandez Lopez with the multicorer she will help deploy.


Photo: Elvira Hernandez Lopez labeling containers to be used for multicore samples.

This research cruise will definitely be a stepping point in my life as an undergrad, and no doubt will help me define my niche in science. Who knows, I might decide to stay on board a research vessel for the rest of my academic life.

As part of the Oxygen Minimum Zone Team I will be helping with the multicore samples to study the faunal community in the seafloor sediment. I really hope to learn more about the species that inhabit the coast of San Diego, as well of learning more about their environments and the issues they are facing.

--Elvira Hernandez Lopez, UC San Diego undergraduate student

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