Wendy’s passion for oceanography was sparked when she spent six weeks sailing from Mexico to Tahiti with SEA Semester. She is a California native and received a B.S. and M.S. in Earth and Ocean Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Last year, Wendy completed her Ph.D. at the University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre in the United Kingdom where she studied paleoclimate. Wendy’s research uses deep-sea sediments and microfossils from the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program to reconstruct Earth’s climate during periods of global warmth. Since completing her doctorate, she taught environmental science classes to undergraduates at Santa Clara University. Wendy is particularly interested in learning more about the intersection of science and government as she considers a move into ocean policy. When not studying the ocean, Wendy is swimming in it; she enjoys ‘open water’ swimming and has completed four Alcatraz crossings.