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Article about Amy's trip on R/V Maurice Ewing when the ship came under fire
http://www.whoi.edu/home/about/ currents9_no3_undersiege.html

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Article about 4 scientists that are visually impaired, including Amy
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Amy Bower

  • Associate Scientist, Physical Oceanography
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Instituion

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Jo Griffith
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Dawn Wright
  • Dawn Wright
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Lauren Mullineaux

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Margaret Leinen

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Melanie Holland

Melanie Holland studies the microbes that thrive in scalding temperatures surrounding hydrothermal vents. These amazing organisms not only reveal important information about the vent communities, they may also provide insights into the origin of life on Earth and the possible existence of life on other planets.

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Debby Ramsey

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Emily Klein

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Maya Tolstoy

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Ashanti Pyrtle

Ashanti Pyrtle studies the fate of radioactive material that enters rivers, lakes, and oceans. She also advises minority science students on how to navigate through graduate school and prepare for a career afterwards.

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Kathryn Kelly

Kathryn Kelly studies how changing ocean currents affect the climate. And she does all of her research from the comfort of her office.

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Wen-lu Zhu
  • Wen-lu Zhu
  • Associate Scientist, Geology and Geophysics

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Kathryn Gillis

Kathryn Gillis dives to rifts in the seafloor that are as deep as six kilometers to learn about the processes taking place within the ocean crust.

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Claudia Benitez-Nelson

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