What is your role during the Extreme 2004 expedition?
I am studying the bacteria that live on the back of the Pompeii worm. We are trying to figure out how the organisms stay alive in such an extreme environment. Currently, not much is known about these bacteria.
Why did you choose this career, and how long have you been doing this? I am a scientist thanks to many wonderful teachers and professors who mentored me.
Tell us about the most interesting thing that has happened to you because of your work.
I have been 600 miles from both the North Pole and the South Pole and down to the bottom of the ocean!
What do you like most about your job? Least?
Traveling, learning, and being surrounded by fascinating people. I wish scientists and educators were better paid for their time, dedication, and work.
What do you like most about going to sea? Least?
I like being surrounded by water. It is peaceful. And I enjoy not having any distractions from work. When you are at sea you are under considerable pressure to finish your work. Sometimes that pressure is overwhelming.
How often do you go to sea?
For the past several years, I have spent about two months of the year at sea.
Do you ever get seasick? If so, how do you handle it?
Fortunately, I don't get seasick.
How do you fill your free time aboard ship?
Free time? What free time? Normally, I'll read myself to sleep.
What's your favorite hobbie? Favorite movie? Favorite book? Favorite food?
Favorite hobbies: cooking, skiing, music. Favorite movie? Thatís a hard one. But I'm a New Yorker at heart so I'll say Annie Hall. Favorite book? Wow, that is even harderread all of our favorites, and it will be hard for you too! I'll say Spartina by John Casey. Favorite food is a great plate of pasta
Where is the most exotic place you have been?
Fiji, Antarctica, and Svalbard
What one tip would you give to students interested in pursuing a career like yours?
Read, write, and donít stop taking math and computer classes.