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October SEA Days: Scientist Q&A

Dr. Andrea Cook of the California Center for Sustainable Energy

On the third Saturday of each month, a scientist from Scripps Institution of Oceanography or elsewhere in the community joins our special SEA Days program to share their exciting research with aquarium visitors.

To celebrate national Solar Energy Month this Saturday, we will welcome Dr. Andrea Cook, program manager for the climate change project at the California Center for Sustainable Energy. Andrea earned a Ph.D. in climate change/ecology and has conducted research in Michigan, Alaska, Iceland, Antarctica, Japan, and California. Her research focus is the carbon cycle, the complex series of processes by which carbon flows between the atmosphere, land, and ocean. Andrea has also taught high school science at High Tech High in San Diego.

Q. How did you become interested in becoming a scientist?

I had a great 7th grade science teacher who let us do experiments on Fridays and it was a lot of fun.  I could test whatever I wanted to test.

Q. What do you study and why?

I study climate change because I care about what we are doing to the Earth.

Q. What is the hardest part of the science you do?

Keeping a positive attitude and hope that we humans will make the changes we need to make to keep the planet healthy.

Q. What do you enjoy most about being a scientist?

I love educating people about things they do not yet understand.

Q.  What is your favorite ocean animal and why?

Seahorses, because they are beautiful and totally fascinating to watch.  They can blend into the environment so well.

Join Dr. Cook from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the ‘Solar-brations’ SEA Days. Celebrate the many benefits of solar energy as you learn why this clean energy resource is so important to the health of our ocean.  Explore hands on energy activities and projects for kids of all ages. Programs are included with aquarium admission.

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