Carly Buchwald has lived in Massachusetts her entire life. She attended MIT as an undergraduate, and by the time she finishes her Ph.D., she’ll have spent almost 10 years at the institute. She was an avid cheerleader (and football watcher) from middle school right through college. She also likes scuba diving, and her love of the ocean began at a young age on family scuba vacations around the world. She first visited WHOI to do a high school science project on hydrothermal vents and met geochemist Meg Tivey, a leader in the field. She knew she’d be back—and sure enough in 2006, she became an undergraduate summer student fellow in geochemist Karen Casciotti’s laboratory studying microorganisms involved in nitrogen cycling. Her summer project piqued her interest in nitrogen isotopes, so she returned as a graduate student.