Cindy is a first-year graduate student at UW in the School of Oceanography, working towards a Master’s Degree in Physical Oceanography. Her interests primarily involve sea ice movement in polar regions and the tracking of glacial icebergs in navigable waterways. Cindy plans to work with Dr. Ignatius Rigor on a joint project with the International Ice Patrol in New London, Connecticut and the National Ice Center in Washington, D.C. on tracking the drift and decay of icebergs in the North Atlantic.
Cindy graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy (also in New London) in 2006 with a BS in Marine and Environmental Science, and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Coast Guard. From 2006-2008, she served in Seattle aboard USCGC (U.S. Coast Guard Cutter) HEALY, a 420’ ice-breaker that serves as a research platform for polar scientists from around the world. Upon completing her first tour of duty, Cindy was assigned as the Executive Officer of USCGC MUSTANG, a 110’ patrol boat crewed by 18 and based in the small town of Seward, Alaska whose missions included maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, environmental protection, and ensuring the safety of mariners operating in the treacherous waters of the Gulf of Alaska. For the next two years, Cindy is billeted as a graduate student at the UW, and remains on active-duty as a Lieutenant in the Coast Guard. She hopes to serve as a CG Academy instructor or at the International Ice Patrol upon completion of her degree.