Travis Miles: A Look into an Oceanographer’s Life

BCD5091A-E630-412B-852A-FD5287B0BFD0Travis Miles is an assistant research professor at Rutgers University. He started his Scarlet Knighthood in 2008 after graduating from NC State. As part of his contributions to oceanography, he helped to build the manless drone that crossed the Atlantic in 2009-2010 that enlightened researchers all over the world with the data it collected from the mid-Atlantic as very few observations have been made about it.

His primary study is hurricanes as he was actually inspired by hurricanes to begin studying the ocean. Hurricanes fascinate him as he grew up being bombarded by them in North Carolina. He found it rather humorous that almost as soon as he moved to New Jersey, the hurricanes followed him in the short years after, such as Irma and Hurricane Sandy.

Because of this sporadic specialization of study, he finds himself traveling frequently in order to study hurricanes and tropical storms. He’s been to many different countries including Antarctica and South Korea. I actually contacted him while he was in Seattle for a conference for American oceanographers.

Travis in his free time actually does very few aquatic hobbies, despite what some may think about an oceanographer. He really enjoys rock climbing and hiking in the mountains. I was able to get him to say he liked canoeing though, so it wasn’t entirely weird.

Travis was a very interesting research professor and so I hope to do well by him in writing my paper about him and his research in the near future.


Why You Should Kill a Deer:

            More and more, residents of the Northeastern United States are finding deer in the road and the incidents are not pretty ones.  Left and right deer are found dead on the sides of highways and local roads to neither fault of the deer, nor the driver.  The deer not only cause damage to property, such as cars, but they also consume crop damage and carry tick-borne diseases, causing a threat directly to humans.  The growing deer population is harboring so many issues that the city of Princeton, New Jersey has decided to do something about it this year.  “The state issued the town a permit to use lethal means to manage the deer population from Feb. to on or before March 31.  The hunt typically takes place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and police secure the areas”. Hunting would be able to solve this problem because of how the deer have almost no form of natural selection anymore.  In fact, there are no predators large enough to hunt them efficiently, thus they are running rampant through the streets.  Some say hunting is immoral, but animals do it naturally.  As long as the animal is eaten for sustenance, then it is no different than if the deer were killed by a pack of wolves.  I would even go so far to say it is immoral not to hunt them because they are hurting the environment, humans and themselves, not because they want to, but simply because they are unable to sustain their population without hurting one of the three.  If no one does anything about this reoccurring problem, the deer may soon become their worst enemies if they have not already.
Whitetail deer jumping a fence into a roadway.
Whitetail deer jumping a fence into a roadway.

Robins in Winter


As one of the first signs of Spring in the Northeast, robins help us to know when warmth is coming soon.  But something was different this year.  Robins were seen during the winter eating berries as opposed to their usual worms.  As a passionate environmentalist, I am bothered by these observations as this odd behavior in the birds indicates that something is wrong in the environment.

As this article states, the robins have a different migratory pattern than North to South, but seeing birds during the winter is not a usual sight and looking outside of my house, I could see more birds than I would have liked to see.

But here’s good news… the birds are just early for their mating season. I am so glad to hear this news as it means that the robin population will continue to thrive as it is one of the trademark birds of the Northeast.  Here is a link to more birds of New Jersey!

Stay tuned for more discussion on wild animal news next week!