Real Life Scientists 

They’d made a career choice that had nothing to do with money and everything to do with the fact that they’d never lost the child’s sense of amazement about nature. It was as though the “career goal” entry on their resumes read: “To stay as far away from an office cubicle as humanly possible.” - Susan Casey

Working alongside scientists for the better part of a decade, I have come to recognize the value of capturing not just the intricate details of experiments and data collection, but the people behind them — their motivations, imperfections, and charisma. They are marine biologists, oceanographers, geophysicists, and engineers. But they are also students, teachers, husbands, wives, and parents. They are young people trying to find their calling in life. They are leaders working to inspire a new generation. They are artists, comedians, musicians, introverts, and adventurers. They are real people.

Diana Dumit, a graduate student in the Babbin Lab at MIT, works in the wet lab aboard R/V  Falkor  | July 2018

Diana Dumit, a graduate student in the Babbin Lab at MIT, works in the wet lab aboard R/V Falkor | July 2018

Bryan Reatini, a PhD student at UNC-Chapel Hill, surveys guava plants in the highlands of San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands | July 2017

Bryan Reatini, a PhD student at UNC-Chapel Hill, surveys guava plants in the highlands of San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands | July 2017

A group of biologists, geologists, and marine technicians gather on the glacier behind Palmer Station, Antarctica | February 2018

A group of biologists, geologists, and marine technicians gather on the glacier behind Palmer Station, Antarctica | February 2018

Colleen Bove collects massive starlet coral near Placencia, Belize | December 2017

Colleen Bove collects massive starlet coral near Placencia, Belize | December 2017

Maria Costas pilots a drone from the storage deck of R/V  Falkor  | May 2018

Maria Costas pilots a drone from the storage deck of R/V Falkor | May 2018

Dave Cade prepares to deploy a suction-cup radio tag on a humpback whale in Andvord Bay, Antarctica | February 2018

Dave Cade prepares to deploy a suction-cup radio tag on a humpback whale in Andvord Bay, Antarctica | February 2018

Keila Lima runs an algorithm as her team deploys an AUV from the aft deck of R/V  Falkor  | June 2018

Keila Lima runs an algorithm as her team deploys an AUV from the aft deck of R/V Falkor | June 2018

Kate Gould clambers out of the water after an hour of collecting and tagging corals near Key Largo, Florida | February 2019

Kate Gould clambers out of the water after an hour of collecting and tagging corals near Key Largo, Florida | February 2019


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