Fernanda recently completed her PhD at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she specialized in bio-optical coastal oceanography and ocean color remote sensing. Fernanda is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher working with Angel White at Oregon State University. Fernanda is interested in understanding the inter-relationships between optical, biogeochemical and physical properties of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, and how these properties may be used to characterize growth, production and export of particles over various spatial-temporal scales. To answer these questions she relies on high-frequency data collected from underway optical systems and autonomous underwater vehicles. On this cruise, Fernanda will deploy two profiling floats equipped with several physical and bio-optical instruments and will help collect high frequency optical data to allow characterization of particle variability (e.g. size, concentration, composition) along the ship track. This is Fernanda’s second cruise – ever. She is hoping for good weather and shark sightings.