How does citizen science support your research?
Citizen science reflects one of the core missions of our institute – to engage the public with the environment and foster an understanding of the natural world in people of all ages. By contributing to research, citizen scientists develop a personal relationship with nature while helping researchers achieve important coastal monitoring goals.
What is your favorite moment in the field?
Losing, and then finding, an expensive piece of equipment while at sea. We once put an instrument on the seafloor at 200 meters depth. But as we were bringing it back up, the cable holding the instrument broke and the instrument went tumbling into the ocean below. The water was murky and it was impossible to see much beyond 10 feet. After several moments of despair, we lowered a grappling hook into the water and moved it back and forth. Eventually it caught onto something, and when we pulled it up, our instrument was revealed! Talk about the proverbial needle in a haystack. It was a joyful moment.