camping · Female Scientist · girly girl · postdoc life · self-worh · traveling

Day 1 (written 4/22/2017)

Today started like any other, rushing around frantically trying to do all the things I think I need to do before I leave. Last stop, Santa Cruz, to drop off my SCUBA gear to get serviced while I am gone. Once on the road with nothing left to do, nowhere else I need to be.… Continue reading Day 1 (written 4/22/2017)

academics · camping · early career · Female Scientist · Science · traveling · Uncategorized

There is NO plan

My nomadic life has begun or maybe it was always supposed to be this way. I left ahead of schedule, but am likely already behind. Even as I type those words I chastise myself for having a “schedule” or “plan”, the plan is supposed to be there is no plan. I have spent my whole… Continue reading There is NO plan

Female Scientist · heat flow · Science Cruise Research


We will complete our last heat flow transect sometime in the wee hours of the morning. Because I forgot to explain out the process works…here it goes: We deploy ANGUS (pictures to come) from the fantail of the ship. This is a VERY heavy instrument, which includes a data logger, battery and 11 thermistors that… Continue reading LAST NIGHT OF SCIENCE

Female Scientist · Science


Science has been suspended for the last 3 days due to terrible weather. After pulling the seismic survey instruments out of the water Saturday night, the weather continued to deteriorate and is only now beginning to improve Tuesday night. We are hopeful that we will be able to begin the seismic survey offshore of Gisborne… Continue reading NO SCIENCE DAYS

Female Scientist · Science · Science Cruise Research


NOTE: Pictures will be posted soon. I have to get permission for more data usage from the “Keeper of the Internets”. Also, this was meant to be posted last night (but no more data). On May 16 (about a week ago) I boarded the Roger Revelle in Auckland Harbor, my “home” until June 17. I… Continue reading BYE, BYE AUCKLAND, HELLO PACIFIC OCEAN

education · Female Scientist · postdoc life · self-worh


Last week I received a request from the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) to be features as a scientist who took a non-traditional path to my PhD. The quick and dirty version: Not only did I finish high school a semester early (and only went ½ for that semester), but I also graduated top in… Continue reading SCIENCE AND SELF-WORTH

Earthquakes · Female Scientist · Geology · New Zealand · Science Cruise · Science Cruise Research · volcanoes


Midday on Friday I left GNS in Avalon, New Zealand to make my way to Auckland to board ship for the science cruise. U.S. personnel had to report on Saturday (we do not leave port until Tuesday), so I only have ~1.5 days to explore and made my way Auckland. I left GNS in a… Continue reading WELLINGTON TO AUCKLAND