I am currently a junior at the University of Washington in the oceanography department. My passion for oceanography stems from growing up in the San Juan Islands and working on a National Geographic ship in Alaska, Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica for many years. I am extremely excited to participate in the Visions ’14 cruise on the R/V Thomas G. Thompson. As my first oceanographic research cruise, I hope to contribute my maritime experience to the project as well as gain invaluable experience and skills.