Hale was selected as one of 17 educators world-wide to participate at sea during the 2016 summer Nautilus Exploration Program expedition sponsored by the Ocean Exploration Trust. The exploration vessel, the Nautilus, explored the ocean floor off the eastern Pacific Ocean using two remotely operated vehicles – Hercules and Argus – to collect video footage and a variety of samples.
The OET, founded in 2008 by the discoverer of the Titanic wreckage oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard, is one of the only programs that welcomes educators and students aboard during expeditions, offering them hands-on experience in ocean exploration, communications and research.
For three weeks, Hale served as a science communication fellow. She was able to observe not only the mysteries of the deep, but the intricacies of ship life and some of the technology - remote operated vehicles, telepresence and multibeam sonar among them - that made such research possible.
Alongside stunning photographs of ocean life, Hale’s lecture will discuss her experiences and research aboard the ship and how educators can help to fulfill the OET’s goal to “serve as role models for the next generation of scientists, engineers and educators through STEM.”
Hale earned Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical sciences from Texas A&M University and her doctorate in the field of molecular biology and transgenics from the University of Kentucky.