WHERE ARE YOU BASED?I am a research geophysicist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which is a part of the University of California, San Diego.
WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF RESEARCH?
I specialize in marine seismology, studying the mid-ocean ridges and the structure of the oceanic crust has been a part of my research since arriving at Scripps after my PhD in 1985. I took part in an earlier 2D seismic survey of this area in 2002, so this experiment is a chance to study the magma system we found then in much greater detail, and to perhaps discover what has changed after the intervening pair of eruptions.
WHAT IS A FIRST TIME FOR YOU ON THIS EXPEDITION?
Even though I have been to sea many times, this is my first sailing on the R/V Marcus G. Langseth and the first time doing a multiple streamer experiment on this scale.
WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED TO LEARN/DISCOVER?
Adrien and I have worked together on Axial seamount for some time and it will be exciting to find out how we did with our previous interpretations of the magma chamber.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR FIELD?
When I first heard about exploration seismology as a mathematics undergraduate, I thought "how can that possibly work and give anything useful?", so it became instantly interesting. I'm still amazed how much you can learn from a combination of careful measurement, mathematics, and insight.
TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF!
I am a runner and orienteer and, when younger, used to feel my fitness seep away with each day on board ship. Now I still try to exercise on board, but the fitness loss is barely noticeable. I am big podcast listener. The internet at sea is too slow to download new episodes, but I stocked up before sailing and am hoping to eke them out of the trip.