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Images: The Call of the Sea

Ocean engineer Marshall Swartz in his tinkerer's heaven: a lab filled with instruments, tools, work benches, and just enough room to handle equipment and accommodate his dog Little Bear. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Marshall Swartz and his dog Little Bear. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

As a boy, Marshall Swartz loved to invent, build, and repair things. (Photo courtesy of Marshall Swartz, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Forty-five years later, Swartz still has the single-minded focus on the engineering problem at hand that often keeps him working late into the night. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)