Travis 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.