Two images come to mind when I think about why I became an oceanographer. One is an image of a bleached coral and the other is a picture of one of the floating patches of garbage in the Pacific Ocean. These images made me think about my impact on the environment and what I could do to relieve the stress that human activities have imposed upon the ocean. My research falls more in line with the image of a bleached coral and more generally, the topic of ocean acidification. My project is focused on developing a dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) sensor to make autonomous, in-situ measurements. It is one way to see just how much carbon dioxide is entering the ocean from the atmosphere. My hope is that once we are able to understand what exactly is happening with ocean acidification, we can take the necessary steps towards mitigating its effects.
Sophie and Synergy
I chose to participate in Synergy because I saw it as an opportunity to dispel the belief that science and art do not go together. Science is essentially the study of nature and art is expressed throughout nature's beauty, so art and science are inherently intertwined. There is a science to creating art and also an art to studying science. I would like to see what forms the Synergy projects take to combine the worlds of art and science.