A registered nurse since 1974, Susan
Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University
of Hawaii in 1985, and a certificate in marine journalism from the
Marine Option Program.
Besides her weekly newspaper column, “Ocean Watch,” which
has been running in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser since 1987, Susan
has written three books about nature in Hawaii and three medical guidebooks
with her physician husband (see Books link above).
Susan is a frequent lecturer on subjects ranging from counting albatrosses
and managing a Bangladesh clinic to sailing the South Pacific. During
her talks, she shows her own photos, which she shoots for her books
and newspaper columns. Susan works as a volunteer biologist for the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at such wildlife refuges as Palmyra
Atoll and the Papahanaumokuakea National Marine Monument.
A volunteer nurse for the Aloha Medical Mission, Susan has worked in
China, the Philippines, Vanuatu and Bangladesh. A lifelong hiker,
she climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, trekked to Mt. Everest base
camp and crossed Pakistan’s Baltoro Glacier to spend her 50th
birthday at the base of K2.
first mate, Susan sailed with her husband in 1986 from Connecticut
to Hawaii via the Panama Canal. From 2004 to 2006, she skippered
her 37-foot ketch Honu from Hawaii to Tahiti and across the South Pacific
to Australia. From there, in 2008, Susan transported her sailboat by
ship to Mexico and is currently exploring the Sea of Cortez.
During a beach clean-up in 2003, Susan
by the colors, shapes and mystery of the trash she found. She now takes
interesting items home, scrubs them clean and uses them in wall hangings,
mobiles and mosaics. Susan exhibits her marine debris art for education
and conservation purposes only. Her pieces are not for sale at this
time (see Art link above).
Susan is a Wisconsin native who moved
to Hawaii in 1983 and never left. Today
she lives on the windward side of Oahu with her husband and their dog