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Sarah Rosengard

Sarah Rosengard sees oceanography as (1) an opportunity to contribute to scientific understanding of global climate, and (2) access to exposure therapy for treating her cymophobia, a chronic fear of large waves. She grew up in Queens, N.Y., where she did not have much exposure to the ocean aside from family trips to Long Island and occasional wave-themed nightmares. Then in college she learned how the oceans store massive quantities of carbon dioxide, an important greenhouse gas for modern climate change. In graduate school, she has traced the path of marine carbon, while also striving to spread ocean literacy to broader audiences through writing a blog (Cureforcymophobia), making detailed exhibitions of marine fecal material, and environmental poetry slams in an elementary school. Whenever possible, she tries to blend her interests in marine chemistry and ocean science education with other passions, including eating hot sauce, Brazilian culture, and roller-blading. Her Ph.D advisors are Valy Galier (WHOI) and Phoebe Lam (UC Santa Cruz), and her mentor for this article was freelance science writer Helen Fields. Her Ph.D advisors are Valy Galier (WHOI) and Phoebe Lam (UC Santa Cruz), and her mentor for this article was freelance science writer Helen Fields.

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