Adventures of a Lifetime: Exploring the Deep Sea Aboard E/J Nautilus
Melissa Baffa - Science Communication: Ocean Exploration Trust
How did you get involved in the Nautilus Exploration Program? How did you get on the ship?
An email announcing the program was forwarded to me, in a somewhat mistaken fashion (my supervisor at the time misread it and sent it to me for a different purpose). When I read it carefully, I got extremely excited about the opportunity, but the deadline to apply was only two days away. So I scrambled to get approval to apply from the leadership at Girl Scouts, and approval from my husband (since I could potentially be gone for several weeks), to line up letters of recommendation and get it all submitted in time. It was a very serendipitous experience, and very hectic. I was a little scared to apply, because I had never done something like this before, and I wasn't completely sure if I was worthy of it. But once I was selected, and went out on my first expedition last year, I found reserves of strength and talent I did not know I had. The growth I experienced was tremendous.