Long May Your Big Jib Draw

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Goodbyes are the worst things ever. EVER. Especially when it comes to two people I have looked up to for so long. Not only are Al and Rick impeccable science communicators, when I think of tangible hope for our oceans…their names are at the top of the list. I could not think of two finer gentlemen on the front lines of oceanic research and conservation. I salute you both.

Al- I hope that my secret dream of stowing away on a research vessel and frolicking with you through fields of whale sharks…is still a viable plan.

Rick- Since we have never met in person, I can’t confirm or deny your existence. But I live vicariously through your Facebook adventures and conservation conquests. I hope one day our mugs may clink in joyous union. Vinaka my friend.

As I stand here at the edge of the dock, I pour two shots of only the finest  scotch into the briny blue. A high toast to each of you. And in true DSN fashion, I bid thee farewell on the sails of a shanty.

Alex Warneke (112 Posts)

Alex is committed to a life of inspiring others to view science through a more dynamic and empowering lens. Alex obtained her M.Sc. in Chemical Ecology from San Diego State University and most recently resided as a Science Programs Manager and Marine Scientist for the National Park Service. As an ecologist, storyteller, and community engager, she has spanned critical boundaries between stakeholders in education, academia, non-profit, and government to translate the most current scientific bodies of work in ways that are accessible and inclusive. She is a strong proponent of unconventional science communication and extending the broader impacts of science to the public using the outlets of art, digital media, education, and citizen science. Currently, Alex works at the interface of climate resilience and community with the Climate Science Alliance. As Deputy Director for the Alliance, her hope is that through her work and experience she can get the world to think differently about how we connect and impact the thriving ecosystem around us and commit to fostering a more resilient future.