did they get here?
Roy Caldwell (center, back
row) and the rest of the research team have different skills and
interests, and came together on this mission by following different
paths. There are many areas of biology where scientists are
making new discoveries, and there are many questions still unanswered.
Science is always building on what was learned before, by establishing
new hypotheses. Often, new hypotheses are developed after a chance
observation, and because of this, scientists must be open to novel
Back row, from left: Tom Cronin is Professor
of Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
County and studies adaptations of visual systems to natural environments.
Nerina Holden graduated from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh,
Scotland, with a Master's in Marine Resources and now works for
the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. She has dived around
the world with Roy and Tom for nearly a decade. Roy Caldwell,
the principal investigator, is Professor of Integrative Biology
at UC Berkeley and has studied the behavioral ecology of stomatopods
since 1965. Pam Jutte is a marine scientist with the South
Carolina Department of Natural Resources and studied stomatopods
in graduate school with Roy. Mark Erdmann also studied stomatopods
at Berkeley with Roy, and now works to protect Indonesia's coral
Front row, from left: Alex Cheroske is a doctoral
student of Tom Cronin's studying the visual ecology of stomatopods,
including polarized signaling. Karla Heidelberg is a research
associate at the University of Maryland, College Park, and studies
coral and jellyfish feeding ecology. On this mission she evaluated
zooplankton abundance, including that of larval stomatopods. Helen
Fox is one of Roy's current graduate students and studies coral
reefs damaged by bomb fishing in Indonesia.
Read more detailed
stories about the research team in the Aquarius mission archives!