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Profile - Margaret Leinen - Asst. Director for Geosciences


Profile - Anna Switzer - Science Educator


Profile - Rick Mohammed - Physical Oceanographer


Profile - Claudia Benitez-Nelson - Asst. Professor, Chemical Oceanography


Profile - John Natale - Marine Safety Officer


Profile - Carmen Marquez-Marin - Environmental Layer & Marine Archaeologist


Profile - David T. Goethel - Commercial Fisherman


Profile - Laura Verhegge, University Programs Coordinator at Bamfield Marine Station


Profile - Chris Wade - Dive Safety Officer & Senior Aquarist

Following a career path that he describes as “non-traditional,” Captain Chris Wade is a dive safety officer and senior aquarist at Sea Life Park Hawaii by Dolphin Discovery, the world’s largest provider of dolphin interactions.


Profile - Edward J. Noga - Aquatic Veterinarian


Profile - Deborah Bouchard - Aquaculture Microbiologist


Profile - George I. Matsumoto - Biological Oceanographer


Profile - Shannon Atkinson - Marine Biologist


Profile - Dana L. Morse - Extension Agent


Profile - Dawn Wright - Professor, Geosciences


Profile - Bryan Banks - Aquarist


Profile - Monica Broumand, Harbor Patrol Officer

The harbor patrol provides security, law enforcement, and emergency response for the Santa Barbara waterfront and harbor area, including four marinas that shelter approximately 1,200 boats and the well-known Stearns Wharf.


Profile - Lance Barrett-Lennard - Whale Researcher


Profile - Myron J. Kebus - Aquaculture Veterinarian


Profile - Carol J. Lloyd - Marine Geophysicist


Profile - Lauren Mullineaux - Senior Scientist, Biology


Profile - Kevin W. Krick - Marine Policy Advisor


Profile - Dr.Andy Spencer - Professor of Biological Sciences


Profile - Ivan F. Gonzalez - Sensory Biophysicist


Profile - Kip Evans – Underwater Photographer

Kip’s professional adventures include completing some of the first submersible dives ever off Cordell Bank (northern California), diving among whale sharks in Belize, and working on a recent National Geographic television special called “Pearl Harbor: Legacy of an Attack” with Dr. Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic.


Profile - Sharon Jeffery - Marine Biologist


Profile - Sheila Hemami - Electrical Engineer


Profile - Frank R. Hall - Geological Oceanographer


Profile - John Buck - Electrical Engineer


Profile - Maryellen Timmons - Marine Education Specialist


Profile - Emmelina Mojica - Education Specialist


Profile - Jenny Cook, Marine Educator

Jenny Cook has been working as a marine educator at Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama for almost seventeen years. Located on the eastern tip of a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, the lab is Alabama’s marine education and research center – the home site of the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium, a group of state educational institutions.


Profile - Heidi Nepf - Environmental Engineer


Profile - Ben Wilson - Visiting Scientist at Bamfield Marine Station


Profile - Mike Lane, Electrical Engineering Technician

Mike Lane works in the Test and Analysis Branch at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC, in Florida). He works in the Prototype Lab, where one-of-a-kind designs are created and tested for feasibility.


Profile - Nick Scimone – Maintenance Technician/Systems Engineer

Every day Scimone walks through the facility to check for potential problems. He checks the air blowers, which aerate the water in the tanks. He checks the intake pump, which brings water from the ocean to a storage tank, and the transfer pumps, which then distribute the water among the tanks.


Profile - Janice Sessing - Marine Biologist


Profile - Carol Droszcz - Coastal Resource Manager


Profile - Pat Iampietro, Hydrographer

Iampietro’s work requires an excellent understanding, both mechanically and functionally, of a wide range of technologies.


Profile - Dr. Carlos Robles - Professor of Marine Ecology


Profile - Dianna Bo - Ocean Engineer


Profile - Mark Galan - Senior Animal Trainer


Profile - Melissa Phipps, Aquarium Curator

Melissa Phipps is the Aquarium Curator at the Riverbanks Zoological Park and Botanical Garden in Columbia, South Carolina. She began her career as a volunteer with no animal husbandry experience and received the training she needed on the job.


Profile - Derrick Toba - Environmental Planner


Profile - Melissa Hutchinson


Profile - Rick Hawkins - Enforecement Officer


Profile - Kathryn Kelly - Principal Oceanographer


Profile - David M. Balk - Ocean Engineer


Profile - Jody Armstrong Stebben - Exhibit Designer


Profile - Melanie Holland - Research Assistant


Profile - Cindy Zipf - Ocean Advocate


Profile - Robert E. Hueter - Marine Biologist


Profile - Lieutenant Commander Matt Pickett - Chief Pilot

Lieutenant Commander Matt Pickett’s day at the office is anything but ordinary. That could be because his office is an airplane and his day is spent 1,000+ feet plus above the ground.


Profile - Amy Bowers - Associate Scientist


Profile - Stephen F. Cross - President, Aquametrix Research Ltd.


Profile - Carmen G. Borda - Naval Architect


Profile - Jennifer Ikemoto, Game Warden

If you’re longing for a desk job where you know exactly what to expect every day, then becoming a game warden with the marine region of the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) is probably not the job for you. But if the idea of something new every day, working outside, and teaching people about the value of natural resources appeals to you, you’re likely to be very interested in Jennifer Ikemoto’s job.


Profile - John Kuriawa - Environmental Protection Specialist


Profile - Charles Fort - Herring Biologist


Profile - Sonya Wood - Environmental Educator


Profile - Mike Kelley, Ocean Observatory Supervisor

As ocean observatory supervisor, Kelley relies both on his formal education and skills developed on the job. “My interdisciplinary degree has been a huge benefit,” he explains.


Profile - Maya Tolstoy - Research Scientist


Profile - Dr. Louis A. Hobson - Professor of Biological Oceanography


Profile - Steve Engstrom - Marine Biologist


Profile - Sue Lisin - Research Biologist


Profile - Indumathie Hewawasam - Marine Policy Specialist


Profile - Eleanor S. Uhlinger - Marine Information Specialist


Profile - Jeff Kowalishen, Technical Systems Manager

Jeff Kowalishen works as a technical systems manager for Divecon. “Because we’re a small company, we all wear several hats,” he says. His main responsibilities are for the ROV systems (monitoring equipment and supplies, preparing the ROVs for assignments, securing the necessary personnel), but he also manages the company’s drug and alcohol program, training, and purchasing.


Profile - Jennifer Hunter - Environmental Manager


Profile - Jo Griffith - Marine Illustrator


Profile - Ben Waltenberger - GIS Analyst

“There are both scientific and educational reasons for this work,” explains Waltenberger. “It helps us develop a better understanding of the Sanctuary’s ecosystem, but we also use the data to educate people about the geography and marine resources of the region.”


Profile - Jennifer C. Hooper - Marine Biologist


Profile - Rose Dufour - Ship Scheduler/Clearance Officer


Profile - Tara MacDonald - Polychaetologist at Bamfield Marine Station


Profile - Kay T. Ho - Chemical Oceanographer


Profile - Julep Gillman-Bryan, Marine Technician

“I was hired the day I graduated, so I went straight from school to work,” she explains. “The only major difference was that I started getting paid; that’s how relevant my training was.” Her education included marine biology, oceanography, water analysis and chemistry, photography, motor mechanics, and a lot of hands-on learning aboard CFCC’s research vessel Dan Moore.


Profile - Debby Ramsey - Third Engineer


Profile - Anders W. Andren - Aquatic Chemist


Profile - Bervin Jenkins, Marine Electronics Technician

“As a lead electronics technician, I’m responsible for troubleshooting and operating side scan sonar systems,” Jenkins explains. The sonar systems are used to survey the sea floor in search and recovery missions.


Profile - Gary W. Yohe - Environmental Economist


Profile - Wen-Lu Zhu - Assoc. Scientist, Geology


Profile - Stasia Ferbey - Biologist and Clam Expert


Profile - Ken Kenerson - Able Seaman

A typical day for me at sea might include being a swimmer or a small boat operator for the submersible Alvin during launch and recovery operations, operating the crane for deployment or recovery of scientific equipment...and the list goes on!


Profile - Dawn Wright - Geological Oceanographer


Profile - Bruce W. Altrock - Marine Biotechnologist


Profile - Ashanti Pyrtle - Assist. Professor, Aquatic Science


Profile - Jake Schweigert - Herring Biologist


Profile - Steven Hartz, Marine Technician

Hartz works with a variety of electronic equipment. “We’ve come into an era where we use computers and electronics for everything,” says Hartz, who maintains a network of ten computers on board the Alpha Helix.


Profile - Hanumant Singh - Ocean Engineer


Profile - Brian Sheehan - Marine Mammal Trainer


Profile - Tim Foster, Bosun

To Tim Foster, who works as a bosun for Sabine Transportation Company, that just about sums up both the best and the hardest parts of his job. “I love the sea – and visiting other countries,” he enthuses.


Profile - Kevin McAllister - Baykeeper


Profile - Dr. William C. Austin - Director of The Marine Ecology Station


Profile - Lisa Munger - Biological Oceanographer


Profile - Bill Lovin - Underwater Filmmaker


Profile - Jonathan H. Sharp - Chemical Oceanographer


Profile - Jamie M. Courname - Fisheries Ecologist


Profile - Langley R. Grace - Ocean Engineer


Profile - Stephen C. Jewett - Marine Biologist


Profile - Kay C Dee - Biomedical Engineer


Profile - Andy Case - Exhibit Coordinator


Profile - Ginny Broadhurst, Marine Program Coordinator

As marine program coordinator for the Northwest Straits Commission, Ginny Broadhurst is pursuing her dream. “I’ve always wanted to work with people, policies, and science to do a better job of protecting the marine environment,” she says.


Profile - Ella Jean Morgan, Vice President, Academics

Ella Jean Morgan is vice president of academic programs at the College of Oceaneering (COO), a professional diving school based in Wilmington and San Diego, California.


Profile - Janet Nestlerode - Hazard Mitigation Planner


Profile - John A. Duff - Marine Lawyer


Profile - Valeria Steverlynck - Oyster Aquaculturist


Profile - Rich Schramm, Software Engineer

One of the most enjoyable aspects of his work, according to Schramm, is working closely with scientists. He enjoys finding solutions for their challenges. “By having a good understanding of the principles of the measurements scientists use, we can advise them on what will and won’t work on certain equipment,” he explains.


Profile - Stuart E. May - Aquarium Curator


Profile - Glenda K. Ashford - Environmental Engineer


Profile - Mike Conway - Marine Operations Technician

Mike Conway is a marine operations technician at the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute


Profile - M. Brandon Jones - Marine Biologist


Profile - Wayne Pawalek - Dive Safety Officer


Profile - Kurt Byers - Environmental Communicator


Profile - Chad W. Scott - Marine Engineer


Profile - Ms. Maeling Tapp - Materials Engineer


Profile - Joseph H. Comer III - Naval Architect/Consultant


Profile - Russel Hill - Marine Biotechnologist


Profile - Stephen Truchon - Marine Ecologist


Profile - John Bazzoni - Project Manager

As project manager of construction administration for a coastal engineering consulting firm, Bazzoni spends about half his time in the field. And despite such challenges as losing his cell phone, he says the most enjoyable part of his job is when he’s anywhere near the water.


Profile - Ramona de Graaf - Bay Pipefish Project


Profile - Jason Woolard, Cartographer

Jason Woolard is a cartographer working for NOAA’s Ocean Service (NOS), the scientific and technical branch of NOAA that measures and predicts coastal and ocean phenomena, protects large areas of the oceans, and works to ensure safe navigation. Woolard explains, “NOS is involved everything from producing nautical charts and protecting coral reef habitats to predicting tides and managing the nation’s marine sanctuaries.”


Profile - Kathryn Gillis - Assoc. Professor, Earth and Ocean Science


Profile - Allison Henderson - Marine Biology Research Technician



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