Meet Gaelin Rosenwaks, Marine scientist, Explorer, Photographer and Filmmaker

October 4, 2020

Learn how Gaelin found a life of ocean exploration...

Meet Gaelin Rosenwaks on this episode of Shorewords as she talks with Lesley Ewing, Shorewords host.  Gaelin is a marine scientist, explorer, photographer and filmmaker.  Her life-long passion for the oceans and marine mammals started when Physty – a young sperm whale beached on Coney Island with pneumonia.  A two-year old Gaelin looked Physty in the eye and she was hooked.  In addition to some stories about her ocean voyages and research, Gaelin shares some of her favorite ocean books and poetry, and reads a few poems and discusses the inspiration that she finds from the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.

Show Transcription
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Lesley Ewing

Hello. I’m Lesley Ewing, host of Shorewords!. This podcast combines two of my favorite things – the ocean and books. I learned to swim before I could walk and looked forward each summer to my family’s vacation at Ocean City, Maryland. As a student I was interested in science and engineering and became an environmental engineer before learning that there was something called coastal engineering. Both my 1 st and 2 nd mid-life crises resulted in me going back to school – first for a Masters of Engineering at UC Berkeley and later for a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. The first crisis also moved me from DC to the SF Bay. The second crisis reminded me how much I liked to read. Getting a Ph.D. while working a 40+-hour/week job meant that my only reading was work reports, text books and technical articles. They were all important and interesting books, but as soon as school ended, I replaced my academic text books with broader literature and realized that the coast was often a character in the fiction and non-fiction that I read. I am still fascinated by every visit to the ocean and remain in awe of what others write about the coast.