Debra Woodall, 2012
- Associate Professor
- Assistant Chair, Institute of Marine and Environmental Studies
- DSC employee since 2008
Degrees and schools where awarded: B.S. Geology, Louisiana Tech University; M.S. Oceanography, Louisiana State University; Ph.D. Oceanography, Florida Institute of Technology
Career/Professional honors: Outstanding Presenter at the American Geophysical Union; The Above and Beyond Award recently presented by Ms. Susan Pate, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Outside interests: Orienteering, mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing, exploring, spending time with my husband and children, and LSU football.
I teach because it brings me great joy to educate my students and the community about ocean dynamics, the ocean's importance to us and our impact on it.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I was a graduate student at Florida Institute of Technology.
What projects are you working on right now? I continue to develop and promote the Institute of Marine and Environmental Studies (IMES) as well as our new Environmental Science Technology Program. I am also developing a new oceanography field course available this fall and readying the DSC boat for use by students and faculty.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? The immense amount of creative opportunities I have encountered. Due to its location and people, DSC has great potential to become a leading center for marine and environmental studies, and I feel privileged to be a part of this effort!
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? To expand IMES such that it serves to educate our students as well as the community and to do this in an optimally-located, fully-equipped and uniquely-created facility.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: That I love adventure and am an avid explorer! I've kayaked the Yukon River, hiked the Grand Canyon, dived the cold waters associated with the diverging rifts of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in Iceland, backpacked in New Zealand, swam with sharks around oil-production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, snowmobiled across Arctic sea ice and rode my bicycle 3,250 miles from Seattle, WA to Washington, D.C.
Last book read: A textbook--always a textbook!!
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? The personality in this bottle cannot be stored. Please open ASAP and set it free in the outdoors!
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: Great explorers and adventurers...I love the stories of Marco Polo, so he would have to be a guest. It would also have to include the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, and the first great female ocean explorer, Sylvia Earle. I would round off the guest list with the fabulous adventurer/storyteller, Jules Verne. I think I'd just sit back, listen to their stories and enjoy their banter. I'd also like to witness the many responses/comparisons Mr. Verne might have regarding the real accomplishments made by these great explorers to the wonderful tales he created .
The Daytona State of Mind to me is: A sense of promise. The opportunity and support needed to successfully achieve your dreams.