Born: 1951

Hometown: Arlington, MA

Education: Ph.D. in Neurobiology

Occupation: Research scientist in deep-sea biology and conservation

Expeditions: More than 50 research cruises and over 250 dives in research submersibles

Favorite Place: 3,000 feet deep in the ocean with the lights out, watching the greatest living light show on the planet

Best Discoveries: Bioluminescent suckers on a deep-sea octopus and a 6-foot squid never before discovered

Favorite Item In The Field: An intensified camera

Personal Heroes: My mother, Vera A. Widder and my husband, David C. Smith

Hobbies: Kayaking, photography, dog walking, cooking, writing


Advice: Success in life depends on how well you handle Plan B. Anyone can handle Plan A.

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