Dr. Sam Georgian sometimes spends several weeks at sea on research cruises that explore the mysteries of the seafloor. Even after he returns from expeditions, Sam’s dreams take place on ships for months afterward! This adventurer and ocean explorer is a biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute. More often than not, his current research involves sitting at a desk instead of on the bridge of a ship. From his computer, Sam creates sophisticated models of deep-sea places like seamounts, so that we can “explore” faraway areas that are difficult to reach by ship or remotely operated vehicle. We can accurately map out what species of life might be found there–all in the name of conservation.
Sam received his Ph.D. in 2016 from Temple University studying the spatial distribution and ecophysiology of deep-sea corals. His current research involves understanding and managing vulnerable marine ecosystems, with a focus on difficult to protect areas like seamounts and the high seas.
Learn more about Sam’s career path in this webinar about ocean exploration, and read some of Sam’s stories on our blog, here! Also, be sure to check out this beautiful mini-series about the seamounts that Sam works hard to research and defend. Sam’s latest publication on habitat modeling was one of the top five most read articles of the year on Peerj!
Why does Sam love his job? “Marine Conservation Institute does the hard science that serves as the critical backbone for a myriad of conservation work around the globe,” he says. And even though his current research doesn’t get him out on oceangoing vessels too often these days, the institute still enthusiastically supports Sam in pursuing plenty of adventures. When not studying seamounts at work, Sam is an accomplished climber and alpine mountaineer and can usually be found atop Cascade peaks in the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Georgian’s work to identify and protect vulnerable and important marine habitats such as seamounts is inspiring. If you want to be a part of this important work, step up and take the Seamountaineers’ Pledge! It will take all of us working together to protect seamounts and deep-water reefs for future generations.