Katyanne M. Shoemaker
Most oceanographers can tell you about the call to be with the ocean. As a child, I would dream about being a marine biologist, working with everything from red tide to corals to dolphins. However, I was frequently reminded that I lived in a land-locked state in the planes of the United States (Oklahoma), and that marine biology was a foolish dream. As I entered college at Oklahoma State University, I turned my focus to veterinary and then human medicine, but something was not right. My senior year I applied to a handful of graduate schools for oceanography and ended up at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (USA) for my Masters in a lab specializing in the Nitrogen cycle. I have since stayed on to work towards a PhD looking at the bacterial communities that live in and on copepods in the nutrient-poor open ocean.