2014 GEMS Seminar Series: Bethany Eden Smith '05

Smith, a Rider marine sciences graduate, presents a talk as part of the GEMS Seminar Series on her experiences this past summer aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus in the Gulf of Mexico. 

With over 90 percent of the world's oceans still unexplored, and humans visiting the moon more times than they've visited the deepest parts of the oceans, the time is now for exploring Earth's "Inner Space." 

In July of 2013, Bethany joined scientists, ROV pilots, archaeologists and engineers aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus to explore an undocumented early 19th century copper-clad shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico. She will share pictures and video of the Monterrey Wreck site, artifact collection and exciting breaking news from the expedition. Bethany also will show you how you can participate in future Nautilus expeditions from the comfort of your own home.

Bethany currently teaches dual enrollment marine and environmental science courses to 10th-12th grade students at Chesapeake Bay Governor's School in Warsaw, Va., where she has been teaching since 2009. She holds a bachelor's in marine science from Rider and a master's in biological oceanography from The College of William and Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, Va. Prior to becoming an educator, Bethany spent time as a lab technician researching algal biofuels and as a fisheries resource specialist for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.

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