As a female pilot in a typically male dominated field, my goal is to encourage students of all ages, especially girls, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math in a format that engages students in active discussion and participation. Through live video conferences from underwater and social media, I aim to foster questions about oceanographic processes, marine technology, and general life as an ocean explorer.
Research and exploration guided by the scientific community define the nature of our vibrant, complex and sensitive planet. Translating this research in widespread awareness means bridging the gap between pure science and the compelling story it tells. Manned submersibles, remotely operated vehicles, and SCUBA diving are incredible platforms to collect data and interact with the environment in a way that captures the hearts and minds of a public audience.
Besides her work as Expedition Leader at Ocean Doctor, Erika is also involved with a number of other projects, including:
- Into the Deep with Erika Bergman – A web based mini-series centered on ocean science and technology. The world of oceanography demystified by looking behind the scenes at real ocean exploration!
- Team Sedna – 10 women embark on an extreme arctic snorkel. Covering 3000 km of the Northwest Passage, these women will conduct science and outreach to bring awareness to climate change and this sensitive environment.
Read Erika’s National Geographic posts