Te Vega Expeditions of Stanford University
Cruise 1: San Diego to Singapore
by Richard N. Mariscal
About the Book
This book is the account of a completely unique set of experiences in American higher education in which 12 graduate students in the sciences apply to participate in a series of cruises aboard the Te Vega, a 134 foot sailing vessel. None of the students had ever before been on a large, ocean-going vessel. The cruises were all organized around the normal quarter-system academic period of Stanford University. Three faculty members recruited from around the world were also recruited to be involved in the training of each of the students in marine biology and biological oceanography. Each student was also encouraged to organize and pursue an individual research project that might be carried back to his or her home institution to serve as the basis for a masters or doctoral level thesis or dissertation.
Spent two years as a Naval officer on the USS Manatee before returning to Stanford to attend graduate school in marine biology. BA and MA degrees in Biological Science from Stanford University, Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Postdoctoral research in cell biology at the Laboratory for Quantitative Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. Taught invertebrate zoology, marine biology and marine ecology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Oregon State University, Bodega Marine Laboratory of the University of California, and the Friday Harbor Laboratories of the University of Washington. Joined the Department of Biological Science at Florida State University as an assistant professor and retired as a Professor Emeritus of Biological Science. Presently residing in Tallahassee, Florida.