Science Mentor – Kyle Amergian
Hello! My name is Kyle Amergian. This is my second year working for the Oceanography Camp for Girls. I am currently working on my Master’s degree in biological oceanography at the USF College of Marine Science. Before this I got my undergraduate degree in Marine Science from Eckerd College. I have always loved the ocean for its beauty and the mysteries that lie within. Before deciding to follow a scientific career I considered going into the field of scientific illustration. After taking a high school marine science class I knew that science was the path for me but continued art as a hobby.
My artwork is primarily marine creatures painted realistically (to the best of my ability), but I enjoying painting any form of biology. When I was at Eckerd College I got a minor in visual arts by creating independent study courses focusing on scientific illustration, or “Science in Watercolor” as I called it. My favorite medium is watercolor. I like the way the paint moves on its own and the ability to add and remove color as I want. I got really into scientific illustration when I was in high school and now continue to paint for enjoyment. I find that painting allows me to forget about what is going on around me and simply relax. I hope someday I can use my artistic talents and scientific understandings collectively. Below are some more recent examples of my art work!
Assortment of Butterflies
Science Mentor – Becky Scott
Hi everyone! My name is Becky Scott and I’m a first time science mentor with OCG! I’m originally from around Philadelphia, PA, but have lived several places up and down the East coast. I got my undergraduate degree at the University of Rhode Island, my master’s at Georgia Southern University, and spent some time working on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. My research area of expertise is fisheries biology and management, and for my PhD I’ll be using ecosystem modeling to look at how fish living at different depths in the Gulf of Mexico interact with each other and influence the food web. But outside of school, I like to spend my time using my brain in creative ways such as cooking, baking, and painting! I’ve been interested in art since elementary school, and took art lessons outside of school until I graduated high school! I especially love creating art on non-traditional canvases, such as old windows, driftwood, or these letters that I painted for my nephew for his first Christmas! As you can see, the marine biologist in me usually helps me decide what to paint. In this case, each letter represents a different marine ecosystem – can you guess what they are? I love painting and creating art because it lets me use the unstructured, creative side of my brain that usually has to sit on the sidelines while I work on my research. Besides getting artsy, I love to be outside and on the water as much as possible and enjoy kayaking, SCUBA diving, and teaching the next generation of marine scientists! Looking forward to another great week of OCG!
This blog was contributed by Kyle Amergian and Becky Scott, Science Mentors.