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Able Seaman Ed “Catfish” Popowitz

JUNE 10, 2003 Ed “Catfish” Popowitz is an Able Seaman on the Atlantis crew. He has been with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution since 1996, when he began on RV Atlantis’ predecessor, RV Atlantis II. In 1998, one year after Atlantis was built, he joined that ship. While he has worked on ships for many years, Catfish has had many other lives…

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Chief Steward Carl Wood

JUNE 1, 2003 Carl Wood’s title on RV Atlantis is Chief Steward. But his real role on the ship includes so much more than managing the kitchen (or galley) and ship supplies. A southern California native, Carl loves to swim and can often be seen in a bathing suit and flippers aiding in Alvin recoveries. Blindfolded, you’d…

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The Ocean’s Role in Climate

Testimony to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation July 18, 2000 My name is Raymond Schmitt, I am a Senior Scientist in the Department of Physical Oceanography at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. My research interests include the ocean’s role in climate, small-scale mixing processes, the global water cycle, and instrumentation for a…

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First Mate Mitzi Crane

FEBRUARY 2, 2000 Being the First Mate of RV Atlantis carries a great deal of responsibility.  Besides being the second-in- command of the ship and in charge of it’s daily operations for part of each day, Mitzi is also responsible for crew training, deck maintenance, and any medical attention that is needed. Although she originally worked in…

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Hans Schouten

Senior Scientist, Geology and Geophysics Department JANUARY 31, 2000 Dr. Hans Schouten is a Senior Scientist in the Geology and Geophysics Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Hans was born in Holland and attended school there, eventually earning a Ph.D. degree from the University of Utrecht. His field of interest is the magnetic…

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Captain George Silva

JANUARY 15, 2000 The captain, or Master, of a ship is responsible for the safety of all the people and smooth running of the ship while we are out at sea. George Silva is 44 years old and is the Captain of RV Atlantis for this expedition. He lives on Cape Cod with his wife Lisa and his…

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Marie Tharp

APRIL 1, 1999 Taken From “Connect the Dots: Mapping the Seafloor and Discovering the Mid-ocean Ridge” by Marie Tharp, Chapter 2 in Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia Twelve Perspectives on the First Fifty Years 1949-1999  Edited by Laurence Lippsett Not too many people can say this about their lives: The whole world was spread out before…

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