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Scientist Spotlight: Laurel Childress (Sedimentologist)
Submitted by Alison Mote on Sat, 06/08/2013 - 09:20
Name: Laurel Childress
Institution: Northwestern University
1. What have you studied/will you study on board the JR?
I will study the sedimentology of the cores. We will determine the color, size (mud or sand), biologic, and volcanic components of the sediment.
2. What is your favorite thing about research at sea?
Being able to look out and see the ocean while conducting research. It is amazing to me that what takes up many buildings of laboratories at a university can be condensed to such a small area, but still with so many scientific capabilities.
3. Did you always want to be a scientist?
Yes, I always changed my mind a lot about what kind of scientist though. I went through my options, including astronaut, veterinarian, geologist, marine biologist and seafood scientist, etc.
4. Do you listen to music in your lab? What kind?
Yes, The style of music depends on what we are doing. Sometimes we need more upbeat music, such as ‘Rolling Stones’ or ‘Foster the People’. Other times more relaxed such as ‘Grateful Dead’ and ‘Jack Johnson’, ‘Of Monsters & Men’ or ‘One Republic’ are great for cleaning lab ware.
5. When you are not on the JR what do you do?
I am usually a biogeochemistry PH.D. student at Northwestern University. We spend some time traveling to other field sites, such as N.Z. and Cascadia. I also spend a lot of time in the lab and writing up our results. When I am not at work, and the weather is good, I do a lot of cycling.
6. What would your power be if you were a superhero?
7. Draw your favorite core/microfossil/rock: