Polar Scientist in the Spotlight
Learn about all sorts of careers that polar scientists have as we explore their different research areas through the featured Polar Scientist of the Month.
Oscar SchofieldProfessor of Oceanography, Rutgers University
What do you do?
I combine field studies with detailed laboratory experiments focused on understanding the physiology of microbial populations in the ocean.
What is the best thing about your job?
I love exploring the world and having adventures. Also, I get to learn things everyday I go to work.
What is the most important tool you use for research?
I am part of the Center of Ocean Observing Leadership (COOL), which is focused on developing new technologies and ocean sensor networks to better document and model the marine system. The COOL group has innovated – and continues to innovate – a range of technologies that I utilize, including remote sensing, radars and autonomous underwater robotics.
Why is what you do important?
We live on an ocean planet, which structures life on Earth. Despite the importance of the ocean, it largely remains relatively unexplored. Given observations that the ocean is seeing significant change in its physics, chemistry and biology, it is critical that we gain better understanding so we can better understand the trajectory of the Earth system into the future.