Our annual surveys would not be possible without our wonderful collaborators from around the world. We'll dedicate several future blog posts to highlight these individuals, so that you can learn more about them, their research, and the valuable contributions they make to the survey. You can find previous posts here. Today we feature Jess Scicchigno from CUNY College of Staten Island!
|Jess poses with the CTD|
I met Professor David Lindo-Atichati in a meteorology class he was teaching at my college. I would come into class beaming with excitement over earth science disciplines, a subject I have always been interested in. This excitement was noticed and Professor Lindo invited me on a NOAA research survey he was involved with. I was always a huge NOAA fan and this was something I always wanted to do. Naturally, I could not say no. Now I am on my first oceanic cruise.
So what do I want to get out of this? I want to learn as much as possible about the instruments used to collect data. Science is taken for granted - scientists on this ship literally work day and night. We work in rough seas. We work rain or shine. We do also get sea sick! I want to learn how to work the equipment and gain an appreciation for data collection. You truly do not know how difficult it can be until you're doing it yourself. Simply seeing a piece of equipment in a picture can no longer do it justice after this experience.
|Ready to deploy the Bongo net -|
hard hat, PFD, and tether? Check!
Although I have taken a very unusual path, the dreaming teenager in me could not help but tear up at the initial sight of the gorgeous Nancy Foster, sitting at the dock at 2 AM when I arrived. This surreal atmosphere has led me back to the sciences, and I want to go deeper into oceanography for sure after this cruise. I always wanted to do this - now I just want to do it again.