This weekend, I participated in the Monterey Shootout, an underwater photography competition that brought tons of talented divers out to shoot the colorful marine fauna of Monterey Bay. I had a great time scuba diving, but was really pleasantly surprised at what I was able to capture while free diving. Most of the wide angle … Continue reading Monterey Shootout 2017
Here's a video I put together to summarize one of the best weeks of my life. I was so happy to share California's kelp forests & wild islands with one of my best friends, Jacey, a fellow mermaid and marine biologist. We had incredible encounters with bottlenose & common dolphins, ocean sunfishes (Mola mola), giant … Continue reading A love letter to California’s underwater ecosystems
Our trip took us as far North as Coral Bay (23.1447° S, 113.7764° E) and as far south as Bremer Bay (34.3940° S, 119.3760° E). We spent 8 nights staying with relatives in Perth and Albany, and a total of 15 nights camping in a troopy campervan with its stylish rooftop tent (see below). Instead of going … Continue reading 5,000 kilometers later: A voyage along the Western Australian coast
February and March were full of travel, between site visits, meetings, and interviews in San Diego, Chicago, MIT, Woods Hole, Durham, Beaufort, Santa Cruz, and Berkeley. Here are photos from my road trip up the California coast. Swimming in waves and caves at Ano Nuevo State Park Point Montara Lighthouse Freediving in Monterey Mammal watching in … Continue reading Grad School Site Visits & Interviews
Whale Watching on the Blackfin with one of my co-authors, Alisa Schulman-Janiger (naturalist extraordinaire), and Captain Nancy Black. Here is a video of a spectacular breach, which happened no more than a couple dozen feet from the boat.
Went on a whale watching trip on October 22nd, 32 miles into the Pacific Ocean to the Farallon Islands. We saw tons of whales and some very spectacular breaching behavior.
Went on an awesome whale watching trip in May, 2016 with my family.
On August 13th, I embarked on my third scientific research cruise. We left from San Diego and arrived, about ten days later, in San Francisco. We were calibrating sensors for inorganic carbon as well as testing automated carbon-profiling robots. These robots, called Carbon Flux Explorers, float off on their own and measure the amount of carbon … Continue reading RV Oceanus Research Cruise August 2016
This summer, I spent two months in Russia conducting electrophysiological studies on sleep in marine mammals, including northern fur seals and beluga whales. There were four main projects we focused on: Correlation between eye state and electroencephalogram activity during unihemispheric slow wave sleep in the northern fur seal: This is the project I focused on … Continue reading Marine Mammal Studies in Russia
On February 23rd, I did two collection dives with my dive buddy, Tim Herrlinger, for the Lophotrochozoa Exploration lab for the Invertebrate Zoology class at Berkeley (IB103LF). We collected tons of Molluscs, Annelids, and even a couple Nemerteans and Platyhelminthes. In my role as Undergraduate Student Instructor, I will show these organisms to the class and … Continue reading Monterey Collection Dives