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Images: She's Got the Whole Fleet in Her Hands

Before scheduling ships at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Liz Caporelli fished for lobster in Rhode Island, studied marine science at the University of Rhode Island, and worked in science and environmental fields in Bermuda and California. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Caporelli schedules the research vessel Atlantis, which operates the deep-sea submersible Alvin. Once, when Alvin was ready to dive but was having trouble getting proper clearance from officials, Caporelli made the proper calls to make it happen, all while standing in a parking lot before a Counting Crows concert. (Photo by Cheryl Brantley, LA County Sanitation District)

Jon Alberts preceded Caporelli in her job as ship scheduler at WHOI. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

It's rare when Knorr, Atlantis, and Oceanus are all in port in Woods Hole. Caporelli said she puts in long hours to make sure the vessels are at sea, helping scientists do research worldwide. She said she does the job because she admires scientists. "They work really hard, and sometimes for their whole life, to get to sea."  (Photo by B. Dowley, Bird's Eye View)