Marine biologist Susan
Scott writes a weekly column called “Ocean Watch” for
the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has written six books about nature
in Hawaii. Use the tabs above to read her columns, search for a
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As a volunteer biologist for the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Susan helps count and band seabirds
in Pacific island refuges. She delivered this farewell kiss to
a Laysan albatross after a banding session on Tern Island, French
Frigate Shoals Atoll, Papahanaumokuakea National Marine Monument.
Leaving in 2004, Susan sailed her 37-foot ketch, Honu, from Honolulu to Palmyra Atoll, Fanning Atoll, Tahiti, Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, New Caledonia and Australia. She shipped the boat from Brisbane to Mexico in 2008 and spent several years exploring the wildlife of the Sea of Cortez. In 2013, Susan sailed from Mexico to the Marquesas. Her boat Honu is currently moored in Tahiti.
Susan wrote a book about her voyage to, and work in, Palmyra Atoll. Published by the University of Hawaii Press, the memoir, titled Call Me Captain, will be available in October, 2014. For more about the book, see CallMeCaptain.net
After collecting marine debris from
albatross nests and beaches, Susan began using the colorful
pieces as art material. She made the sky-pointing albatrosses in
this piece from cigarette lighters found in albatross nests,
plastic chips collected from beaches and seashell leis rescued
from a trash can, all glued to a piece of found plywood.