|Cambridge by night|
As I understand it, the first DESCEND meeting took place in 1999, but obviously a lot has changed in deep-sea science since then. Alvin has been upgraded; Nereus was designed, built, and lost. The time is ripe for scientists, engineers, and other stakeholders in the deep sea to reconvene and discuss our research priorities, the anticipated challenges, and what technologies are necessary to move forward.
|A break-out discussion on using deep submergence|
technologies in benthic habitats.
I'm happy to participate in DESCEND-2, even if I am the youngest one present, because it's a chance for me to become more integrated into the submergence community and take an active role in shaping American infrastructure for research. After all, I plan on sticking around in deep-sea science for a long time, so I might as well have a say. Here's to the future!