Michael Kovatch, a SECOORA/University of South Florida intern, was accepted by UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography to study his PhD in Physical Oceanography.
Under the mentorship of Jay Law of USF, Michael spent the 2015 summer taking a behind the scenes look at all the work that goes into coastal ocean monitoring- specifically when it comes to buoys.
Prior to the internship Michael had never heard of physical oceanography and knew very little about marine science in general. He spent his time at USF planning a research cruise, preparing sensors and moorings for deployment, and acting as chief scientist during a research cruise onboard the R/V Weatherbird II. Thank you to US IOOS Office for providing ship time support.
"I genuinely believe that my internship with SECOORA and USF opened a door to a world I had never experienced before: seeing real world applications of physical oceanography and the exposure to hands-on field work are undoubtedly the inspiration for my decision to pursue a Ph.D."– Michael Kovatch, State University of New York at Geneseo
Congratulations Michael! Below are photos from the internship.
Pictured Above: Michael Kovatch and team working on the buoy out on the water. Image credit: Angela Simone, SUNY Geneseo
Pictured Above: Jay Law (left) and Michael Kovatch (right) installing instruments on the buoy for testing. Image credit: Jay Law
Pictured above is the crew deploying an ADCP. Image credit: Angela Simone, SUNY Geneseo
Pictured Above: Michael Kovatch and Jay Law working on the buoy aboard the R/V Weatherbird. Image credit: Angela Simone, SUNY Geneseo
As part of the internship, Michael Kovatch received his American Academy of Underwater Sciences diving certification. Image credit: Jay Law