My name is Sam Urmy, and I am the eponymous oceanographer. I grew up just outside of the fair city of Boston, Massachusetts, and have been interested in the marine world for a long time. I got an undergrad degree in Earth Systems with an Oceans focus from the Leland Stanford Junior University in Palo Alto, California and a master’s degree in the Fisheries Acoustics Lab at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences. I am currently in the Acoustical Laboratory for Ecological Studies (ALES) in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. That makes me a bioecoacoustical fisheries oceanographer, which should be good for at least 15 minutes of confused cocktail party explanation. This site is an ongoing log of the work in progress that is my own thinking, and all opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. Please do not get mad at anyone else for them.
When not being an oceanographer, I like getting outside, cooking, playing guitar, taking photos, and pretending to be 1337.
This site takes its name from a song by the Mountain Goats. The song actually has very little to do with oceanography. The photo at the masthead is of a few cydippid ctenophores, Pleurobrachia bachei, at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.