Tommy Heath II

Hi There! My name is Tommy Heath II.

Level 31 mad scientist/engineer/libertine. (EEOS major / mathematics minor class of 2013)

I am a Pisces, INTP turning ENTP personality according to myers-briggs. My favorite pastime is to try everything, especially if it involves adrenaline and physics; skydiving, classical music, open water swimming, and yoga are a few examples. I am or have been a U.S. Navy sailor, online gamer, union elevator constructor, waiter, nerd, engineer, environmental scientist, and naturalist. Science, exploration, and experimentation is a way of life for me.

This May-June I will be assisting Dr. Meng Zhou in resolving ocean current magnitude and direction (vectors!) from data acquired by an instrument called the Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP). Furthermore, I will be examining and interpreting data from a Laser In-Situ Scattering and Transmissiometry (LISST) particle size analyzer that I had previously evaluated during a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at UNC Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences! I love how we can observe the displacement and the physical, chemical, and biological properties of water from using the physics of sound and light. It is exciting to imagine the sound and light being reflected or scattered in different directions depending on how the water is moving and what is in it! Then to figure out how to interpret that information with computer software is like solving the ultimate Sudoku puzzle! I hope that this cruise will bring new discoveries to share with the scientific community, so that we may all have a better understanding of the planet’s ecosystems.

After the cruise, I would like to attend graduate school for environmental engineering (I got into Tufts University!) but I am also looking at other options to bring people and their environment together through projects such as Earthcube, Earthlink, and “The Human Network”

“Life is an experiment, Try it out”

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