Richmond Dive Club will meet as scheduled for our regular monthly 6:00 PM social hour/7:00 PM meeting, October 9th at O'Toole's Restaurant, 4800 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225.
Richmond Dive Club welcomes Marilou Maglione (Director of Anatomic Pathology at UVA Health System) from the Charlottesville SeaDevils dive club, to present Plastic Pollution in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean."Born in Buffalo, NY, I fell in love with boating and water activities when very little thanks to my parents who spent much of each summer boating on Lake Erie and each winter sitting by different pools while us kids took swimming lessons. We moved to Florida in 1974 and were lucky enough to live on a salt-water canal. My brother and I were spoiled by a little john-boat that we could take out exploring and fishing, long before we got our driver's licenses. For my 16th birthday all I wanted were SCUBA lessons, which opened up a whole new depth to my love for the water (pun intended J).
As a student at Eckerd College, I worked as a ski-boat driver (yes, I got paid for that awesome job!) and also served on the Search and Rescue Team as boat crew and recovery diver. We trained for hundreds of hours on and under the water doing everything from helping boaters who visited the local sand bars to recovering bodies of drowning victims. The biggest thrill was jumping from a Coast Guard helicopter in full scuba to look for survivors trapped inside of a large capsized sailboat off shore. What a privilege and maritime education that was! While a senior at Eckerd I sailed on W-86 and studied mesopelagic fishes. That was my first time in the deep, open ocean and an experience I feel ever thankful to have had. I could hardly wait to see what interesting new critters would come up in the next tow and loved everything about the experience, especially the lab work. Open-ocean sailing was like no other experience for me, simultaneously challenging, exciting, and humbling in the vastness of the sea and stars.
I couldn't get enough of the ocean, so I spent the summer after graduation teaching marine science at SeaCamp on Big Pine Key, FL. I returned to St. Pete., FL in 1987 to work at the Florida Dept. of Natural Resources as a Histology technician. I was able to learn electron microscopy, histology skills, and participate in field and lab work devoted to preserving endangered marine game fish species like Snook and Redfish. When I started graduate studies in marine science at USF, I needed to work a more flexible schedule. So I got my SCUBA instructor certification and Coast Guard captain's license, letting me work really fun jobs and also travel for cheap to lots of great dive sites. But alas, my Ph.D. track got derailed and eventually the reality of student loans and other responsibilities took over. I redirected my love of lab work to healthcare and laboratory medicine."
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