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Born: 1967

Hometown: New York, NY 

Education: Ph.D. in Earth Sciences/Marine Geophysics

Occupation: Research scientist

Expeditions: 27 research cruises in the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Mediterranean Sea

Favorite Place to Be: Home with my son 

Best Discovery: That tidal cycles influence how seafloor volcanoes crack, deform, erupt, and move water through rock. The seafloor breathes with the tides, and helps give life to an unusual ecosystem that exists in the depths of the ocean. 

Favorite Items in the Field: Hot water bottle, good book, nice shipmates

Personal Heroes: Hillary Clinton for standing up and Rosa Parks for sitting down

Hobbies: Films, reading, skiing, running

Website: https://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/~tolstoy/

Advice: Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice…follow your heart and intuition. – Steve Jobs