Earning Her Sea Legs

Earning Her Sea Legs

Earning Her Sea Legs

Published in Featured Online Stories in Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science in May 2016


Graduate student Jenessa Duncombe describes her first research cruise to Hawaii, where she and fellow students will be taking measurements to understand how the island’s strong winds affect the upper layer of the ocean—from turbulence to ocean nutrients to plankton. Read about her journey below:

I have a confession: I’m an oceanographer who’s never been to sea.

As a graduate student studying models of ocean turbulence at Oregon State University, my research takes place exclusively on my computer. I work on dry, unmoving land. I have a photo of the Oregon coast taped to the wall next to my desk, but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t count for anything.

Many graduate students like me research the Earth remotely through models or satellite. This science is important, but we rarely get the chance to see what we study with our own eyes. That is, until now.

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