Ocean Science

Something new for me: writing press releases for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Bertrand Glacier

For Scientists – Click here for more information about my work with scientists in the field.

Healy In Ice

I sailed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, an icebreaker, during NASA's ICESCAPE expedition in the Arctic from June 15 – July 1, 2010.

ICESCAPE stands for Impacts of Climate Change on the Eco–Systems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment. This project involves two research cruises into the Arctic Circle –– the first in June 2010, and the second in December 2011 –– opposite seasons and 18 months apart. During these cruises, scientists will be carefully assessing the condition of the sea and ice and the plants and animals that depend on them. Here's how to follow ICESCAPE :

NASA's ICESCAPE home page

The ICESCAPE mission Press Release

During the ICESCAPE research cruise I blogged in these three locations: :

Climate Central

NASA Blog What on Earth

Science + Story

For more of my Alaska adventures, visit this podcast at Encyclopedia of Life.

Click this button for more about the Extreme project, including my 2004 and 2008 visits to the East Pacific Rise and my 2008 Alvin dive at Guaymas Basin.

Extreme Navigation Button

I was a 2007 WHOI Ocean Science Journalism Fellow. That means I visited WHOI for a week and learned about loads of amazing things scientists are working on there. For more about WHOI, click here.

I went to sea on the WHOI ship RV Atlantis and dove in a WHOI submarine, DSV Alvin, as part of the Extreme 2004 project. For the Official Extreme 2004 website, click here.

To read more about my experiences as part of the Extreme 2004 project, click here.

Extreme 2004

Make a Splash! Read!

APPEARANCES ~ During summer 2010 I'm making tons of library presentations as part of the Connecticut Public Libraries "Make a Splash! Read!" campaign. Public libraries around the state will host my presentations about ocean science, featuring the Extreme Project and IceScape, as well as Doodlebug and Science Fair Winners. See Library Appearances for dates and times.

Library Appearances:


Did you know there were five ocean authors in Connecticut? Our traveling exhibit will be all over Connecticut this summer.

Exhibit Schedule :

Who are the Water Women and what are their books?

Across the Wide Ocean Small Worlds Artic Investigations
I included the picture ("The Great Wave of Kanagawa" from "Thirty–Six Views of Mt. Fuji") in Across the Wide Ocean, the book that came out in spring 2007. I wrote about tsunamis in my book Small Worlds, which has a chapter on mapping the ocean. I worked with ocean scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to write Arctic Investigations.

The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, Connecticut: From 2006 to 2007 I worked as an educator at the aquarium, traveling from school to school teaching about ocean science. I loved it!

I worked on a committee to help get the word out about ORION, the Ocean Research Interactive Observatory Networks.


I love Ocean Science so much, I get overcome, like an enormous wave washing over me.

Wave Photo