A field of green

Margaret McManus, an associate professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, says, “I definitely love my job. And the pursuit of trying to understand how the natural system works is just fascinating. It’s just what our team has a passion for.”

I caught up with her moments before she cast off the western coast of Oahu for a research cruise. These trips involve a lot of work, but it’s an incredible chance to get immersed in a swirling natural world. Have a listen.



Recovery of the autonomous profiler in blue Hawaiian water with golden Hawaiian sunshine.

Ross Timmerman, Margaret McManus, Chad Waluk and Jeff Sevadjian (left to right) deploying moorings.

McManus' research vessel leaves the dock.

Margaret McManus (left) and Kelly Benoit-Bird (right) on the back deck of the Alyce C before a night cruise.

Sunset off the western shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Images courtesy of McManus lab.

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  1. fred steward says:

    Margaret’s description of the Field of Green helped me better understand her 2007 paper titled “Cryptic Blooms: Are Thin Layers the Missing Connection” on her team’s work in Monterey Bay. Thanks for your efforts to spread the science to a wider audience.

  2. Maryann Steward says:

    Margaret–Learned about the green field and look forward to enjoying avacado sandwiches with you.

  3. Fred & Maryann +

    Thanks so much for taking the time to write on our blog! If you can, please spread the word to others and encourage them to join the conversation.

    Fred: I’m glad Margaret’s description here helped you understand her paper better! How exactly?

    And you like avocado sandwiches too, Maryann?


  4. Margaret Anne McManus says:

    Hello Fred and Maryanne,

    Thank you for your comments. I am glad that the podcast helped you to better understand our 2007 paper. And Maryanne, I just got off a cruise in Monterey Bay – I’ve found that if you add a tomato to the avacado sandwich, it’s even better!

    Take care,

  5. Margaret and Ari,
    Wonderful segment. I agree with the comments regarding the science, however also a great little window of what it is like to be on a research cruise, for those who have not experienced the 3am joys!

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