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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

June 28, 2017

Inverts, microscopes and vents! Oh my!

Deborah Leopo, University of California, Santa Cruz

SEA Semester

Above: Deborah Leopo smiling at her workstation. She is sorting out invertebrate samples from the mid-zone of V vent on the East Pacific Rise. Below: Human Operated Vehicle (HOV) Alvin collecting data pertaining to this research project. Copyright WHOI.

I could feel my hands getting clammy as I got off the Peter Pan bus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. It was 9:30 PM and in a couple minutes, I was going to be greeted by Dr. Adrienne George.  While waiting for Dr. George, I was lucky to have met another PEP student, Lynnette. Lynette and I were both from the UC system and we both knew what an honor it was to be selected into the Partnership Education Program. On our way to the SEA campus, I couldn’t help but smile.  I was thrilled. This summer, I was going to be enrolled in an Oceans and Climate Change course with 15 other students and I was also going to be researching hydrothermal vents with world class scientists, Susan Mills and Lauren Mullineaux. 

It is now week four and I can assure you that those feelings of excitement have not gone away. After class, I bicycle the beach pathway to Redfield Building where my lab is located. In the lab, I am sorting out invertebrate vent samples under a microscope and I couldn’t be happier. This is the first time I have been surrounded by people who share the same enthusiasm for hydrothermal vents as I do. It has been an amazing experience so far and I am excited to see what the next couple of months will bring.

- Deborah

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