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
The Exploratorium invited me to give a talk during their After Dark "Everything Matters: Tales of the Periodic Table" series. On March 16th, I was able to share the recent findings of our research team with a room full of my professors, advisors, friends, and members of the public. I enjoyed the challenge of creating a … Continue reading Exploratorium Talk: How Poop Sinks in the Ocean
Enjoying the incredible macro-photography opportunities in Anilao, Batangas, Philippines. Bargibant's pygmy seahorse - Hippocampus bargibanti : This seahorse was about 5 mm tall. You can see his small black eye and head near the center of the photograph. I got to see iconic species and witness intimate encounters: And so, so many colorful and fascinating … Continue reading Anilao, Philippines
Explored the otherworldly ocean floor in this magical twilight dive.
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.
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
As the student GSI for the Invertebrate Zoology, I get to go on all their fun field trips! This weekend we went to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and saw all sorts of awesome invertebrates!
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