Northeastern University always has something or the other interesting things happening on their campus. To honour World Oceans Day, University’s Marine Science Center’s faculty and staff were asked about their ongoing fascination with the water bodies and what brews underneath when you go diving in it. Since this job requires a favourable and deep liking for equating elements and environments, not everyone could handle a career in marine science, and therefore, interviewing some of the people in this Center gave some useful insights over this fascination.
Alessandra Scripa said that she absolutely loved studying the ocean, as most of it is under the wraps, unearthed only by diving and exploring. She is an outreach co-op and marine biology major and feels that pursuing a proper career in marine science would help her make a difference in the world. Scripa says, “Seeing what is happening to the ocean in response to climate change, pollution, and over-exploitation makes me really motivated to get involved and make a change, especially since so many people in the world depend on the ocean for food or their livelihood.”
Along with her, Charlotte Seid, the staff scientist, says the ocean’s biodiversity is something she has been interested in since childhood; she used to visit aquariums as well as search and label strange things she would see on the beach, which developed her interest in biochemistry and information. To sum up her love for marine science by stating, “I’m fascinated by the ocean’s biodiversity, especially the DNA that encodes the amazing adaptations, evolutionary histories, and vulnerabilities of marine life.”
Just like others’ interests, Robert Murphy’s fascination developed when he used to go fishing with his father and uncle, enabling him to learn about natural ecosystems. Now, he is a doctoral candidate who studies the striped bass and fisheries. “The amazing complexity of ecosystems captured my curiosity, which eventually led me to pursue a career in marine science.”