June 23, 2017

2017 Summer Intern Profile: Emma Bueren

Name: Emma Bueren

Project/Mentor: Science communication with Nancy Barr

School: University of Washington

Hometown: Mukilteo, Washington

Tell us about your project:  I’m working with Nancy Barr to update a variety of pages on MBARI’s website, as well as co-running the intern blog with Alia Thompson.  My main project for the 10 weeks is to help Jim Birch update and expand the web-page of the Environmental Sample Processor (ESP), which performs simple biological assays to determine the microbial content of the ocean in real-time. As well as working on this project, I’ve gotten to go out to sea to watch how  hydrophones are used to map pelagic ecosystems, learned about a few of MBARI’s next generation autonomous tools, and practiced my writing and photography skills.

Why did you want to intern for MBARI: My dad is the chief engineer of an oceanographic vessel, so I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Growing up, he always had amazing stories that instilled a love of science and engineering in me. While I’m definitely no engineer, I’m constantly amazed by how technology lets us explore the deepest parts of the ocean. Plus, I wanted the chance to tell some stories of my own.

What’s been your favorite part of MBARI so far: For the blog, Alia and I are running a “mystery” photo each week where we take close-up photos of things around MBARI and the beach. Some of the legwork for that has been super fun, and I’ve had a chance to practice my macro photography. I also really love hearing about everyone’s research and just talking to different scientists— everyone is so passionate about their work!

And, if you had a boat, what would you name it? The R/V “What’s That?” or maybe the S/V Dramamine.

Meet the rest of MBARI’s 2017 Summer Interns


Data repository
Data policy
Deep-Sea Guide
What is happening in Monterey Bay today?
Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System
Chemical data
Ocean float data
Slough data
Mooring ISUS measurements
Southern Ocean Data
Mooring data
M1 Mooring Summary Data
M1 Asimet
M1 download Info
M1 EMeter
Molecular and genomics data
ESP Web Portal
Seafloor mapping
Soundscape Listening Room
Upper ocean data
Spatial Temporal Oceanographic Query System (STOQS) Data
Image gallery
Video library
Creature feature
Deep-sea wallpapers
Previous seminars
David Packard Distinguished Lecturers
Research software
Video Annotation and Reference System
System overview
Data Use Policy
Video Tape User Guide
Video File User Guide
Annotation Glossary
Query Interface
Basic User Guide
Advanced User Guide
Query Glossary
VARS publications
VARS datasets used in publications
Oceanographic Decision Support System
MB-System seafloor mapping software
How to download and install MB-System
MB-System Documentation
MB-System Announcements
MB-System Announcements (Archive)
MB-System FAQ
MB-System Discussion Lists
MB-System YouTube Tutorials
Matlab scripts: Linear regressions
Introduction to Model I and Model II linear regressions
A brief history of Model II regression analysis
Index of downloadable files
Summary of modifications
Regression rules of thumb
Results for Model I and Model II regressions
Graphs of the Model I and Model II regressions
Which regression: Model I or Model II?
Matlab scripts: Oceanographic calculations
Matlab scripts: Sound velocity
Visual Basic for Excel: Oceanographic calculations
Educational resources
Navigating STEM careers
MBARI Summer Internship Program
2017 Summer Interns Blog
Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses (EARTH)
EARTH workshops
2016—New Brunswick, NJ
2015—Newport, Oregon
2016 Satellite workshop—Pensacola, FL
2016 Satellite workshop—Beaufort, NC
EARTH resources
EARTH lesson plans
Lesson plans—published
Lesson plans—development
Lesson drafts—2015
Lesson drafts—2016 Pensacola
Adopt-A-Float Program
Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) Science Kits
Science at home: Curriculum and resources
Sample archive
SciComm Resources