Episode 101: How Do You Design a Sensor to Learn About the Deep Ocean?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Anna Michel, Associate Scientist/ Ocean Engineer Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Anna Michel, WHOI

Dr. Michel graduated with her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering in 2007. In 2012, she began her career as an assistant scientist at WHOI. She went on to lead the Chemical Sensors Laboratory as an associate scientist, which works on developing new sensors for studying ocean chemistry, including methane sensing, carbon dioxide sensing, and microplastics sensing.

Dr. Anna Michel has been appointed as the new chief scientist of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF).

Michel, an associate scientist in WHOI’s Department of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, is the first woman to serve in this high-profile role effective July 1st, 2021.

The Chief Scientist for Deep Submergence (CSDS) role places her at the forefront of deep submergence for the academic research community, working as a liaison to connect scientists with the WHOI teams that operate WHOI’s underwater vehicles. More information HERE

Some cool underwater pictures where Dr. Michel sends her sensors

sea grass

deep ocean vents


Read Dr. Michel’s awesome interview about how girls can love engineering! “Girls Just Wanna Be Engineers”  



A cool video interview with Dr. Michel about her work:



Take a plastic egg and make it neutrally buoyant. Here is a suggested experiment from the National Inventors Hall of Fame  

Share pictures of your egg with us.

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Highlighted Book for this Episode!

Otis and Will discover the Deep book


Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere by Barb Rosenstock (Author), Katherine Roy (Illustrator)








Book List: 

The Oceanology Handbook: A Course For Underwater Explorers (Ologies) by Prof. Pierre Aronnax

Marine Science for Kids: Exploring and Protecting Our Watery World, Includes Cool Careers and 21 Activities by Bethanie Hestermann, Josh Hestermann, and Stephanie Arne (Foreword)

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle  by Claire A. Nivola (Author, Illustrator)

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