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Through the Looking Glass May 5, 2021

Nature has a way of building formations that are both aesthetic and captivating. Spanning across different scales, we can't help but notice similarities in shape and form. And although the mechanisms and drivers for formation are different for different processes, we stumble across similarities and ask ourselves a question that continuously drives and pushes the field of science forward. That question is, "why?"

Microscopic

Here is an image of the benthic foraminifera, Alveolina, in cross section. This sample was taken from offshore India in the Mukta Field

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Macroscopic

The Milky Way galaxy spans 100,000 light years, and contains up to 400 billion stars. Earth is just one little dot in an expansive system!

Past

Record of past shorelines represented by deposits.

Captured in the Turks and Caicos Islands April 2019

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Present

Standing along the present shoreline facing the sunset.

Captured in the Turks and Caicos Islands March 2021

Diversity in the Reef Feb 9, 2019

Just can't beat the diverse marine ecosystems of Cozumel, Mexico! Just off the western coastline is a plethora of aquatic flora and fauna. Can eel spotting get any easier than this?

















Here, a free-swimming Green Moray eel follows us across the reef. Diving at around 65-85 feet, we see an abundance of hard and soft corals, sponges, algae, and the entrancing movement of the occasional legless passerby.











Flight Over Roatán Aug 14, 2018

What a relief it was to have made it to Roatan. Just off the coast of Honduras is a majestic island with topography that would be worthy of being featured in Jurassic Park!














Here, I will be stopping overnight at a backpacker's hostel and spend a layover day free-diving in nearby reefs and swimming near dolphins at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences.

These curious and playful "three amigos" swam up to me during a shore swim on the north side of the island.



















Snorkeling Between Plate Boundaries June 8, 2018

Hello from the Silfra Fissure, a rift between the North American and Eurasian Plate Boundaries. The water is a balmy 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Although my fingers feel numb to the cold, I cannot help but feel enamoured by the incredible water visibility. Surrounded by basalt columns, I feel miniscule in comparison to the large scale tectonics happening around me!







Little Cayman Island Geologic Mapping May 1, 2017

Water Quality Sampling through Big Bend - Santa Elena Canyon Jan 16, 2015