A career in science doesn’t need to take a traditional academic nor engineering track. Building on your own curiosities and interests, you can follow your passions to create a unique, yet productive and satisfying career. By using head and hands, as well as analytical and creative abilities, Hans will describe a career that took him to the ends of the earth, bottom of the ocean, while studying antarctic fish, elemental and nutrient cycling in the ocean, plate tectonics and ocean acidification.
Hans has worked in chemical oceanography for over 45 years, having recently semi-retired as a Senior Research Specialist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). He balances science and engineering to develop instruments to study the role our ocean plays in processes from plate tectonics to climate change. He and a friend currently run a small ocean instrumentation company, and consult with various institutions designing deep-sea chemical monitoring systems.