Malea Saul, 2018 Proteus Writing Fellow
Malea Saul is a curious scientist, filmmaker, and lover of sacoglossa (underwater sap-sucking slugs!).
With a lifelong love for the outdoors, fostered through backpacking trips and snow days in the Idaho mountains, it was a “no duh” moment when she took a deep breath on the bow of R/V Thomas G. Thompson and noticed that the air at sea brought the same calm as the mountain air. She felt an instantaneous feeling of home.
Malea was inspired by life aboard the research ship – with around-the-clock work, data collection, passionate scientists and crew, and endless visuals of an almost alien landscape of the deep sea. It was as if the stories of the ocean—it’s vastness, the creatures, and potential for scientific discoveries—beckoned to her.
She received a bachelor’s degree in oceanography at the University of Washington in 2017 and has been working for place-based environmental education programs in Hawaii. She’s also dedicated time to travelling and developing her film portfolio. The Proteus Writing Fellowship offered the chance to continue her pursuit of learning with a focus on storytelling and environmental education.
2019 Proteus Fellow