As a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Carol's job is to assist in fieldwork of various kinds. Her area of specialization is Coastal and Marine Geology, so her field work is often done at or under the sea, rather than on land. In the above photo Carol is on a dive inside the submersible DSV (Deep Submergence Vehicle) Turtle working as a scientific observer; it's the US Navy's equivalent of Alvin.
A Deep Diver
Carol's job as a scientific observer is also to take very detailed notes of the volcanic rocks on the sea floor. During the dive, she checks out what she's seeing through the submersible window, makes a note of it, and also records the time of her observations. Then, once back in the office, she and her team reconstruct the track of the submersible, using a very sophisticated combination of satellite navigation for the ship, and acoustic computer navigation equipment to triangulate the position of the submersible at any given time. Finally, this positional/location data is combined with the sea floor descriptions she made on the dive and it's all put together to create a geologic map of the ocean floor.
A Real Go Getter
"I'm (Japanese American) 5'3" and a slim 100 pounds, but I'm NOT a weakling! Some people may look at me and think I might not be able to help much, but those who know me know better. What sets me apart from others is my willingness to try something new, even if I have no experience. Because I am dedicated to learning new things (also coming up with new ideas) and willing to work, I observe and take mental notes, and soon I can step in and make myself useful.
Willingness to work hard, and self confidence; came after college, when I decided to learn to fly. Yep, I am also a pilot, scuba diver, occasional rock climber, wife and mother. I love life. Some of life is being in the right place at the right time, but life is also wanting and creating opportunities, rather than waiting for them to happen. It was a bold step for me to ask to be an observer on a deep sea dive, but my supervisor saw my dedication, and knew that I could do anything I set my mind to. I was rewarded with not one, but two opportunities to make dives. Read the interview with Carol Reiss...
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