Earth-Sciences Technical Jargon Translator / Writer
Last active: 13 days ago
My interests are quite varied. That previous statement is, in reality, an understatement.
When one has a passion for a subject, one tends to truly enjoy sharing information about that same subject. I have a passion for many subjects and truly enjoy sharing information about all of them.
My formal education provided me with exposure to a fantastically broad range of topics ranging from jurisprudence to cometary phenomena. This is why I hold over 231 credit hours in college course work. In the years after my university attendance I worked numerous jobs: as a tombstone & monument cutter and polisher in Waco; a student radio manager & commercial radio deejay; a wet-chemistry analyst; a GIS specialist; a sound-board operator at a restored theater; a nightclub bouncer; a food-server and bartender and a few odd-jobs of some note (e.g. deconstructing the 100-year old livery stable belonging and adjacent to the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas.)
Of all my various jobs, I have found that work related to earth sciences is most complementary to my skills and interests.
My career as an independent contractor working offshore as an oceanographer and surveyor (18+ years) has provided me with a very broad range of experiences and perspectives. It has been my joy to work amongst personnel from most all sea-faring nations during that career.
My responsibilities offshore included heavy equipment and electronics installation and operation, troubleshooting (software, mechanical, electrical), data & imagery collection, data & imagery processing, data & imagery interpretation, technical report copy-writing, and copy-editing ... to help insure all data products produced by our team adhered to clients' expectations for deliverables and deadlines.
I am adept at creating or sourcing relevant drawings, sketches, tables and images to make professional, print-ready publications. I have extensive experience in print publication of mapping products, especially large-scale plots on various physical medium (vellum, heavy paper stock, etc.) in large quantities for multinational clients in the offshore survey realm.
Offshore projects on which I participated include: preliminary surveys for numerous submarine fiber-optic cables and pipelines; academic and scientific exploration of sub-sea volcanic vents (black smokers) and fault zones off the Oregon, Washington and Galapagos coasts; deployment and recovery of various scientific instruments in weather conditions ranging from placid to life-threatening; providing mapping support for Remotely Operated Vehicles working in all capacities (work-class, exploration, research, high-definition imagery ("eye-ball sled")); interpreting and presenting scientific data and imagery to managers and clients according to established formats and deadlines; monitoring underwater currents in real-time for deep-drilling rigs; updating nautical charts for NOAA in Alaska and on three coasts of the US; and participating in the river clearance survey to insure that US Navy and hospital ships could navigate the Mississippi river from the Gulf of Mexico to New Orleans immediately after Katrina made landfall.
The hard work necessary to maintain my reputation as a valuable component to highly specialized teams in a very small industry for nearly two decades has ultimately provided me with the skills necessary for communicating oftentimes difficult concepts in an easily understood format in conversational language for managers and clients alike.