I expected an obstacle course on Commencement Day, just one more hurdle to clear, but the book length manuscript was delivered, and the defense was over, so I was hooded by Dr. Tom Shirley, happy the PhD was complete. My little girls were not so happy. They thought I had joined a cult, that the cap and gown were permanent, and might never come off. Notice the concerned looks in the photos below.
Working as a doctoral student in marine science was my best job ever. Research was inspiring. Harte Research Institute was stimulating. My advisor was the best. The work was challenging, exciting. I would stick around, ya’know, investigate phenomena, but I’ve managed to skip the post-doc. My country calls me to serve.
The new job is incompatible with blogging, so now, after four years before the mast at Deep Sea News … its time for me to fly.
Next month I take a position with JHT, Inc. working in support a deep-sea coral research program at NOAA’s Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research in Charleston, SC. It will be nice to live somewhere you can drive ten hours and be in another state. This holds great appeal for me after three years in Texas.
The new position will be engaged with helping to develop a federal deep-sea coral research program. It’s a long term research opportunity with a deep-sea aquaria component. Stop by to see Lophelia alive and up-close, if you’re in town. Maybe we’ll get some giant isopods in there…
It feels like an exciting time in government. Leadership is strong. Science is appreciated. Deep-coral awareness is high. I really look forward to working for the public good.
Between then and now I will join the Lophelia II 2009 crew aboard the RV Ron Brown. From mid-August to mid-September we’ll be looking for coral on hard bottoms, shipwrecks, and oil rigs with WHOI’s Jason ROV in the Gulf of Mexico. You can follow the cruise at NOAA’s OceanExplorer Website and get the inside scoop at Global Ocean Exploration.
If you miss me, you can always read the backgrounder on Reconnaissance for the expedition. LOL. (It goes live Tuesday). Please, definitely check out the new videos. They’re free to download! NOAA’s like NASA in that way, … always sharing the science.
Thank you everybody for a great time here. It was an adventure to remember. I really enjoyed it. Profoundly abyssal thanks are due to DSN visionaries Craig McClain and Kevin Zelnio. Readers are in very good hands. Best wishes to you all.