By Melissa Waterman - It is possible to find your way in the world using your own built-in computer: your brain.
Melissa Waterman is a freelance writer who specializes in science and the marine environment. Her career choice was undoubtedly influenced by her father’s last name and a childhood spent in, occasionally under, and certainly around boats in Little Compton, Rhode Island. After wandering the halls of academia for far too many years, she found gainful employment near the water in Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, and finally, Maine. For the past 19 years, jobs with the Maine Coastal Program, at the University of Maine, in a friend’s coffee shop, and with various other employers have provided balance to the relative poverty of the freelance writer’s life. Melissa now resides in the seaside city of Rockland where she writes for us with her regular column "Water Ways" at maineboats.com. She also writes for a local newspaper, manages a small Bed and Breakfast Establishment (otherwise known as her home), and spends an inordinate amount of time watching and wondering about the Gulf of Maine.