VALERIA MURAVIYA ON ROMANTICISM AND HARD WORK OF OCEAN STUDY
Man explored only 2% of World Ocean. It is so large and deep that scientists from all over the world examine it for many years. Nevertheless, oceanographer is still a rare profession, as it requires both serious theoretical education and practical training. Valeria Muraviya, young marine scientists, told us about her hard but really interesting and romantic job.
When she was a sophomore, Valeria began studying the Arctic and doing environmental monitoring, i.e. watching climatic changes. Arctic regions were chosen deliberately, as all the leading countries focus on them now. Scientists predict climatic changes through exploring ice sheet, biological productivity, change of climatic and ocean parametres.
Moreover, over the last 5 years Valeria Muraviya has been studying the Barents Sea. She watches the development and change in the number of coccolithophora water plants. The scientists explained studying of those plants is directly related to climatic change. The thing is, coccolithophoras consist of calcite and reflect sunlight well. Imbalance of solar energy affects natural processes adversely.
Ocean study is a science concerned with the issues of interaction between ocean and atmosphere and chemical and biological exchange processes between ocean and the mainland. People, who chose to be oceanographers, are versatile and multi-skilled, have special scientific and technological and physical training, will power, and sound health. The work is divided into theoretical and practical parts. Thus, Valeria is doing laboratory research and working over hypotheses in winter, while in summer she goes on expeditions into the sea to test scientific assumptions.
Oceanographer seems to be not a female profession at all, as it requires working under extreme conditions and involves risks. However, Valeria highlighted women scientists are also needed in the sphere. The reason is female approach to research differs from the male one. For instance, women are, as a rule, more meticulous, careful, and disciplined. That is why they often show themselves to be good, highly skilled chemists, who are required both in labs and on expedition ships.
Valeria says: “I like that my job helps me to constantly discover something new. Every time I go into sea, I experience incredible emotions. It is one thing for one to read about other scientists’ discoveries and quite another to see it with one’s own eyes and have the opportunity to confirm one’s theories in practice”.
Our interlocutress dreamed of becoming an oceanographer since she was in school. At the time, she was already thrilled with her thoughts about sea expeditions and scientific research, which are useful for all humanity. Without fear of difficulties and obstacles, she achieved her aim. Now the young scientists, advises all women in the world to fear nothing and dream more. Even if the goal seems global and unachievable, one just has to keep going. That is when acquiring the dream job, actualising a project or even conquering the ocean will become possible.
Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov