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Kristen is currently an early career fellow in Science Communication at Stanford University's Center for Ocean Solutions. She earned her PhD from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia. Her dissertation research focused on social-ecological resilience and the governance of marine natural resources (such as endangered wildlife) in Northern Australia. Using policy network analysis, Kristen mapped and quantified the relationships between different stakeholder groups involved in marine management to identify patterns of knowledge flow and collaboration. After completing her PhD, Kristen returned to her home state of California where she worked with the Aquarium of the Pacific as an education interpreter, then as a lecturer for the University of Southern California’s Environmental Studies Program. At USC, Kristen led undergraduate field courses to Catalina Island, New Zealand, and Micronesia.
From tagging sea turtles in the Torres Strait Islands to making natural history documentaries in New Zealand, Kristen has a passion for traveling the world to connect with people of different cultures and backgrounds, and communicate the importance of ocean science and conservation. In her free time, she also loves diving the beautiful kelp forests of California and the reefs of Palau.
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Submitted by Kristen Weiss on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:35
In our latest youtube video<, hear about the fascinating organisms our microbiology team is collecting in deep sea mud volcanoes, and how these microbes can help us understand the origins of life and how life evolves--both on earth and other planets!
Submitted by Kristen Weiss on Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:26
In my latest video diary<, check out how we've been surviving notorious Week 6 of our expedition by keeping things festive, even amidst our last round of cores. From birthdays to Burns night, the science team keeps finding new ways to celebrate and keep our morale high.
Submitted by Kristen Weiss on Wed, 01/18/2017 - 17:45
Today during one of my live classroom broadcasts, a student asked what it felt like to be higher than Mount Everest. The student was referring to our location above the Mariana Trench--the deepest part of the ocean (35,827 feet deep), often contrasted with Mount Everest since its the highest point on earth (29,035 feet high).
Submitted by Kristen Weiss on Tue, 01/17/2017 - 15:12
Submitted by Kristen Weiss on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 10:32
Check out our latest video<--Kevin Johnson, Geologist extraordinaire from the University of Hawaii, describes how he digs deep (literally!) to find evidence of tectonic plate movement and its impacts on mantle rocks that travel from deep within the Earth up to the surface and back again. It's CSI, geology edition!
Submitted by Kristen Weiss on Sun, 01/08/2017 - 14:09
Submitted by Kristen Weiss on Fri, 01/06/2017 - 13:27
Hidden within the countless layers of rock, sediment, and fossilized creatures beneath the Earth’s surface are fascinating stories of the history of our planet—stories of how you and I came to exist.
Submitted by Kristen Weiss on Wed, 12/28/2016 - 13:42
Submitted by Kristen Weiss on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 15:58
Merry Christmas from the JR! Want to see how we celebrated out here in the middle of the Pacific? Watch my latest video diary< to see the singing, eating, and general merry-making! With no cores on deck, everyone had extra time to get in the festive spirit--or at least eat some extra candy.
Submitted by Kristen Weiss on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 16:14