What is your role during the Extreme 2004 expedition?
As part of the ship's crew, I help the science party complete their goals.
Why did you choose this career, and how long have you been doing this? Partly for a change of pace and direction. 24 years
Tell us about the most interesting thing that has happened to you because of your work.
I was able to participate in the development of equipment that found the Titanic.
What do you like most about your job? Least?
The differing opinions and attitudes the varying groups of people bring to sea. The least: the sometimes overwhelming boredom on long cruises.
What do you like most about going to sea? Least?
The best thing about going to sea is that the commute to work is very short! The worst thing about going to sea is that the commute is very short! In that you are very restricted in movement, can't go a play or the theatre, and you get to know everyone on the vessel in short order. All you have is what you packed when you joined the ship, no going out for that extra magazine or tube of toothpaste.
How often do you go to sea?
My regular rotation is four months on and one and a half to two months off. So you end up missing lots of things at home: birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries just to name a few.
Do you ever get seasick? If so, how do you handle it?
Once in a great while, treated usually with dramamine
How do you fill your free time aboard ship?
Reading and getting as much sleep as possible (everyone is ALWAYS short on sleep)
What's your favorite hobbie? Favorite movie? Favorite book? Favorite food?
Reading the bigger the volume, the better. Usually an unknown subject, currently "The Search for Ultimate Zero," a history on cryogenics. Favorite movie: "Shoes of The Fisherman" with Anthony Quinn. Favorite book: "The House at Pooh Corner" by A. A. Milne. Favorite Food: 12-Bowl Curry (family recipe).
Where is the most exotic place you have been?
I spent three years in Haiti and got to see the Sans Souci Palace and the Citadel (travel was first by Land Rover, then donkey, and finally on foot for the last three miles, all straight up.
What one tip would you give to students interested in pursuing a career like yours?
Get as much education as you can, continue your education AFTER you've left college. Never stop learning and remember the old adage, "It's easier to work with your head and mind than your hands" (cleaner too!)