African American man who is known for being an oceanographer!
The ocean is beautiful and deep. But do you ever
wonder what’s beneath the ocean. THere’s problem
some videos on youtube.com that could show you.
I know, I personally enjoy swimming, but one of my
fears is diving into water. I can’t imagine myself
diving head first into water. It’s great to know about
the ocean, for fun and to gain knowledge.
But this one particular man already knows the
ocean because he has expertise down below
the ocean’s water.
Evan B. Forde is a Black man who has explored
the tides and waves, found out about the chemical
properties and age of seawater. Evan has even spent
17 months at sea during his career!
Forde gets credited by NOAA as the first African American
to be involved in dives aboard research submersilbles (these
are the vessels that can submerge and operate underwater).
Mr. Forde takes on the unsolved mysteries and his
research contributes very much toward the understanding
and improvement of the relationship between us people
and the planet we live on.
Evan has always wanted to be a scientist.
He had a telescope, microscope, and chemistry set
since he was in 3rd grade. You never know what
show, what field trip, what moment is going to
be a defining moment that can inspire someone
into a career.
Mr. Forde loves to swim and do other watersports.
The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau tv show
inspired Evan. During high school years, he took
an elective enviornmental oceanography science
course. Then, it came to him as an idea that
he himself should be an oceanographer.
His teacher did a lot of scuba diving and
was very adamant in helping him and other
students learn the undersea world. Forde’s
teacher released a live crab into an
octopus inhabited classroom aquarium.
This is to show the students live demonstrations
of underwater occurences.
The octopus ate the crab. The crab had a defense
plan, cutting off 2 of the octopus’ tentacles before
he was goblled up. Evan Forde became amazed,
entertained and stuck on the ocean life. He obtained
his bachelor’s degree in geology and a master’s
degree in marine geology and geophysics
from Columbia University. Evan has worked
for NOAA since 1973.
In his interview, he stated that physics,
chemistry, biology, and geology are important
for potential oceanographers. Good writing
skills are massive important too for the
scientific researcher. Students need to know
basic computer programming,logic, and math
to manipulate, plot, and analyze data. Good
sources of info about oceanography can be
spotted on the internet at www.noaa.gov.
A typical day in the office for Evan Forde is
him using a computer and examining ocean samples.
Evan’s house is probably filled with seashells. He
writes proposals to formulate research plans, plot
and analyze data and detail the results of my
completed work in documents to be published
in scientific journals.
At sea, the working enviornment can be demanding.
Mr. Forde uses sound to map the ocean floor
and sub surface sediment layers, taken air
and water samples to monitor pollutants and
carbon dioxide levels, used optical devices to
scan the deep ocean layers for evidence of
underwater volcanoes, and taken thousands
of samples of deep sea sediments and rocks.
Submersible dives are pretty scary for him. In one
dive, a small underwater landslide on top of the
submersible ALVIN trapped him and others
2 miles beneath the surface. In 12 minutes,
those were minutes of uncertainty on whether
they would ever be able to free the sub and
surface. I guess there’s problems to every
career, even ones people love. But at least
the good of the career you love will always
outweight the bad, especially on a balance scale.
THe moral of the story is how far would you
go for your dreams? Would you dive to the
depths or take flight to the sky?