Hello everyone, I'm Morgane and I am doing my Master's in Science and Executive Engineering
at Mines Paris Tech, a French school.
WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF RESEARCH?
My courses includes physics, mathematics and even social sciences. I chose to follow the Geoscience program that focus among others on soil resources, energy supply and natural hazards. The latter particularly interested me as well as the geophysics course. In September, I will start a 6-month internship doing seismic data analysis of the Merapi volcano in Indonesia.
WHAT IS A FIRST TIME FOR YOU DURING THIS EXPEDITION?
This expedition is my first scientific mission abroad, my first time in the United States, and my first seismic cruise! However, not my first time at sea, I really love being on a boat, feeling the wind on my face and looking at the sea. I particularly enjoy sailing and jump at any chance to be out at sea!
WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED TO LEARN/DISCOVER ON THIS CRUISE?
So far, I have only had theoretical courses in geophysics, I'm here to discover how it works in real life! I want to assist the deployment of OBS, to see the devices recording signals and learn how to process data. I'm very excited to be here with people more experienced than I am or specialized in a field I don't know. My wish is is to talk with all of them and to learn new things about Geosciences I didn't learn in class.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE GEOSCIENCES?
I think I love geosciences for two reasons. First, I'm fascinated by all these phenomena that one could hardly handle. How is a mountain formed? How does a volcano work? How do tsunamis propagate? Such power in the nature that we can barely understand! Moreover, I feel better when I am outside and not stuck in an office or in front of a computer. I love climbing mountains, walking in the forest, being at sea... I really like breathing fresh air, that's why geoscience is a field I particularly appreciate.
TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF!
Australia is my favourite country: I love the atmosphere and its beautiful landscapes from red centre to the Great Barrier Reef. Moreover, I really love cooking and I'm quite gourmand, I have even baked cookies, biscuits and pancakes on a small sailing boat!