Growing up in landlocked Iowa may be precisely the reason that the lure of the ocean was so strong for Brian Soden.
It pulled him from the cornfields to the waters around the University of Miami with designs on perhaps being the next Jacques Cousteau.
Except for one pesky problem. He didn't care all that much for biology. No fish fetish here.
What did emerge was a curiosity about how the oceans got to be the way they are, how the atmosphere factors into that and how water vapor, clouds and rainfall play a role in the planetary picture.