Victoria Hill

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.

Victoria Hill

Research Associate Professor, Old Dominion University

What do you do?

As a biological oceanographer, I study the behavior of light in natural water, and determine its availability for photosynthesis.


What is the best thing about your job?

I have always been a curious person, and so I love that I get to think of questions about the way the world works, and then try to answer them.

What is the most important tool you use for research?

I will cheat and give two tools – the first is my brain! The second is my automated buoys, which I leave on the Arctic sea ice. The instruments send data from under the ice that help us to understand processes that occur during ice melt.

Why is what you do important?

I think that we should always keep the questioning nature that we have as children, and constantly ask “why.” I would like to help people regain this outlook and provide them with opportunities to explore their own questions.

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