“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. From it we have learned most of what we know. Recently, we have waded a little out to sea, enough to dampen our toes or, at most, wet our ankles. The water seems inviting. The ocean calls.” –Carl Sagan
I‘m Zena Cardman: freshly-minted Bachelorette of Science. As an undergrad at UNC Chapel Hill, I studied biology, marine science, and poetry. These days I’m happy just to be studying microorganisms in a lab (and on last week’s dirty dishes). I also work for the Palmer LTER in Antarctica, play with NASA at the Pavilion Lake Research Project, and sometimes pick up odd jobs like sailing as an engineer with the Sea Education Association. Someday I’d like to be the Jacques Cousteau of outer space… in the meantime does anybody have Richard Branson’s phone number?