July 6, 2017

2017 Summer Intern Profile: Rachel Kahn

Name:  Rachel Kahn

Project/Mentor: Spatial Temporal Oceanograhpic Query System (STOQS) with Mike McCann

School: Recent grad of Scripps College

Hometown: Laguna Woods, California

Tell us about your project:  STOQS is an open source, web-based software package developed to allow for visualization of oceanographic data (for more info, see the STOQS website here). This summer, I have the opportunity to contribute to the software, which is in continuous development, by implementing machine learning techniques to label data. This will enable the computer to generate models, and will hopefully help scientists learn more from the data.

Why did you want to intern for MBARI: I have been interested in the ocean since I was old enough to have interests. As an undergraduate, I found myself gravitating toward physics and engineering, and their intersection with other fields like ecology, physiology, and geology. I’m trying to figure out which direction I’d like to take my career, so I wanted an opportunity to explore the field of engineering and expose myself to as many different aspects of marine science/engineering as I could.

What’s been your favorite part of MBARI so far / What are you looking forward to: My favorite part of this experience so far was a week-long research cruise with Steve Haddock’s bioluminescence lab (Thanks, Steve!). It was so cool to see the ROV Doc Ricketts in action, and to see the deep sea in real time. I’ve already learned so much and tried many new things here at MBARI, and I am so excited to see what the rest of the program has in store.

And, if you had a boat, what would you name it?  R/V Schrödinger’s Fish 

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