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July 2021: Story about our newly funded proposal to send two Saildrones to the Southern Ocean in Austral winter 2022. Funded by NSF Grant Number PLR2048840. Photo credit: NOAA.
February 2021: NOAA Research story on our latest paper, Sutton et al. (2020) published in Geophysical Research Letters.
June 2020: Carey Shafer, Web Content Developer for USF CMS, tells the story of how Dr. Williams and Dr. Byrne's work are connected. Photo courtesy of Earle Wilson, SOCCOM Project.
August 2019: An article by Saildrone on the exciting completion of the Saildrone's Antarctic Circumnavigation. Preliminary surface ocean CO2 results courtesy of NOAA PMEL, shown in the figure to the left, indicate significant wintertime outgassing in the Southeast Atlantic and Indian sectors, corroborating the results from SOCCOM biogeochemical Argo floats.
July 2018: Seattle Times article on the deployment of two Saildrones off the coast of Washington State for a NOAA West Coast fisheries survey.
June 2017: Commentary from Are Olsen, an author of SOCAT (Surface Ocean CO2 ATlas), on our 2017 manuscript in Global Biogeochemical Cycles.
As we continue to harm our planet through fossil fuel burning, cement production, and land-use changes there is a growing need for scientists to communicate effectively to the public about climate science. Over time I have realized that for a public audience it is not necessary for me to be able to explain every detail about my research, but rather that I be able to talk about the basics of oceanography and climate science. I am working to improve my skills at every opportunity and in the past I have volunteered at NOAA in Seattle to present to groups of visiting college students about the work of the PMEL marine carbon group. I also volunteered in summers during graduate school to lead activities about ocean circulation for NOAA Science Camp where middle schoolers spend a week learning about earth and ocean sciences, and I volunteered during the school year with the Seattle Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS) program. I participated in ComSciCon-PNW 2017, The Communicating Science workshop for graduate students at Google Seattle in 2017 and am enjoying putting my new science communication skills into action.
Here at USF CMS, my lab group has developed a Saildrone data-based lesson for our USF CMS's Oceanography Camp for Girls. This lab shows campers how we use robots to observe remote ocean regions and introduces ideas like the interplay between the ocean and the atmosphere, and between ocean biology, chemistry, and physics. It also gives the campers hands on experience doing coding and data analysis using Python and interactive Jupyter Notebooks.
I have been lucky to visit some pretty special places during my work and studies in oceanography. Here are a few photos:
Landing on the Ross Sea
In 2011 I traveled to McMurdo base on the Antarctic Continent to participate in the S04P CLIVAR Repeat Hydrography cruise. We sailed for 64 days from McMurdo to Punta Arenas, Chile. The airstrip at McMurdo was literally on top of the Ross Sea ice!
Icebergs and Glaciers
Icebergs traveling out of the Ross Sea with immense glaciers in the background.
These two Adelie penguins had probably never seen a ship before and I'm not sure they knew what to do.
After journeying from San Diego to Easter Island during the 2007 holiday season taking water samples along the way we were rewarded with a visit to the famous Moai of Rapa Nui.
Sampling for CO2 in the Arctic Ocean
In August of 2015 I sailed on the NOAA ship Ronald H. Brown to the Arctic Ocean to measure CO2 in the water column. The seawater was near freezing!
In my spare time...
I enjoy traveling to places where the water is warm and fly fishing for the elusive bonefish. Here I am on a mudflat at low tide in the Bahamas. Lots of fish food living in those holes!