What a whirlwind week! After traveling to Boston and NYC as an invited speaker for the Here Be Dragons (at MIT Media Lab and the #OpenOcean project led by fellow National Geographic Explorer Katy Croff Bell) and Ocean Luminaries (at the American Museum of Natural History) events, respectively, things did not slow down for me upon getting back to MBARI. We welcomed our first permanent lab member, Joost Daniels, who took no time getting set up and making important contributions to the lab. Besides a background in laser physics, we can't wait to take advantage of his photographic skills. Stay tuned for some wonderful images on our blog, website, and social media accounts from Joost!