Alan migrated to the Monterey region from spacious Montana. Having earned a B.S. in Geology from Montana State University in Bozeman, Alan went to work in the oilfields in North Dakota for 2 years. Intrigued by the geochemistry of the core samples he was analyzing at various drill sites, he returned to school at the University of Montana in Missoula where he studied chemistry. He worked in Dr. Nancy Hinman’s lab studying and analyzing how organic matter interacts with different minerals using an XRD and SEM. He also worked in Dr. Carine Blank’s microbiology lab as a student research assistant working with various strains of algae and analyzing the lipid and pigment concentrations. His current focus is studying the deep ocean sediments on the northwestern Australian margin. Since arriving at MLML, Alan participated as a sedimentologist on R/V Sonne which sailed along the western coast of Australia in the summer of ’17.
Alan is a mountain man at heart but is surviving in the coastal environment. He has taken up scuba diving and is exploring the underwater geology in the Monterey Bay. His interests fall in the field of Geobiology and microbes that live with deep sediment and rocks.
Miya graduated from the University of Washington, School of Oceanography with her Bachelor of Science in 2016. Born and raised in Bremerton, Washington, she is passionate about the Pacific Northwest and loves the rain! She worked as a Data Technician at an oceanographic consulting firm her first year out of college and quickly learned she wanted to continue her education and enrich her career. Now pursuing a Master's in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Labs through California State University, Monterey Bay, she will be studying Coastal Resilience through a geological oceanography lens and is very interested in the physical interactions that occur in the coastal environment. Her hobbies include rock climbing, cooking, and trying new things.