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Profile - Sheila Hemami - Electrical Engineer

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 - Lisa Munger - Biological Oceanographer

Profile - Stephen Truchon - Marine Ecologist

Profile - George I. Matsumoto - Biological Oceanographer

Profile - Jody Armstrong Stebben - Exhibit Designer

Profile - Rick Hawkins - Enforecement Officer

Profile - Jennifer Hunter - Environmental Manager

Profile - Dawn Wright - Geological Oceanographer

Profile - Frank R. Hall - Geological Oceanographer

Profile - Dawn Wright - Professor, Geosciences

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 - Maryellen Timmons - Marine Education Specialist

Profile - John Buck - Electrical Engineer

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

Profile - M. Brandon Jones - Marine Biologist

Profile - Charles Fort - Herring Biologist

Profile - Edward J. Noga - Aquatic Veterinarian

Profile - Stuart E. May - Aquarium Curator

Profile - Jamie M. Courname - Fisheries Ecologist

Profile - Ms. Maeling Tapp - Materials Engineer

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 - David M. Balk - Ocean Engineer

Profile - Carol Droszcz - Coastal Resource Manager

Profile - Anders W. Andren - Aquatic Chemist

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 - 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 - 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 - Jonathan H. Sharp - Chemical Oceanographer

Profile - Lauren Mullineaux - Senior Scientist, Biology

Profile - Stephen C. Jewett - Marine Biologist

Profile - Indumathie Hewawasam - Marine Policy Specialist

Profile - Janet Nestlerode - Hazard Mitigation Planner

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 - Melissa Hutchinson

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 - 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 - Anna Switzer - Science Educator

Profile - Maya Tolstoy - Research Scientist

Profile - Deborah Bouchard - Aquaculture Microbiologist

Profile - Emmelina Mojica - Education Specialist

Profile - Bryan Banks - Aquarist

Profile - David T. Goethel - Commercial Fisherman

Profile - Wayne Pawalek - Dive Safety Officer

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 - Sharon Jeffery - Marine Biologist

Profile - Melanie Holland - Research Assistant

Profile - Ramona de Graaf - Bay Pipefish Project

Profile - Margaret Leinen - Asst. Director for Geosciences

Profile - Mike Conway - Marine Operations Technician

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

Profile - Dana L. Morse - Extension Agent

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 - Sonya Wood - Environmental Educator

Profile - Dr.Andy Spencer - Professor of Biological Sciences

Profile - Sue Lisin - Research Biologist

Profile - Tara MacDonald - Polychaetologist at Bamfield Marine Station

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

Profile - Carol J. Lloyd - Marine Geophysicist

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

Profile - Kay T. Ho - Chemical Oceanographer

Profile - Stasia Ferbey - Biologist and Clam Expert

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 - Shannon Atkinson - Marine Biologist

Profile - Jo Griffith - Marine Illustrator

Profile - Mark Galan - Senior Animal Trainer

Profile - Myron J. Kebus - Aquaculture Veterinarian

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

Profile - Allison Henderson - Marine Biology Research Technician

Profile - Janice Sessing - Marine Biologist

Profile - Andy Case - Exhibit Coordinator

Profile - Gary W. Yohe - Environmental Economist

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 - Rick Mohammed - Physical Oceanographer

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

Profile - Kevin McAllister - Baykeeper

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

Profile - Amy Bowers - Associate Scientist

Profile - Derrick Toba - Environmental Planner

Profile - Glenda K. Ashford - Environmental Engineer

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 - Kevin W. Krick - Marine Policy Advisor

Profile - Eleanor S. Uhlinger - Marine Information Specialist

Profile - John Natale - Marine Safety Officer

Profile - Heidi Nepf - Environmental Engineer

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 - 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 - Kurt Byers - Environmental Communicator

Profile - Bill Lovin - Underwater Filmmaker

Profile - Pat Iampietro, Hydrographer

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

Profile - Debby Ramsey - Third Engineer

Profile - Jake Schweigert - Herring Biologist

Profile - Ashanti Pyrtle - Assist. Professor, Aquatic Science

Profile - John Kuriawa - Environmental Protection Specialist

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 - Kathryn Kelly - Principal Oceanographer

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 - Chad W. Scott - Marine Engineer

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

Profile - Russel Hill - Marine Biotechnologist

Profile - Robert E. Hueter - Marine Biologist

Profile - Hanumant Singh - Ocean Engineer

Profile - Brian Sheehan - Marine Mammal Trainer

Profile - Kay C Dee - Biomedical Engineer

Profile - John A. Duff - Marine Lawyer

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

Profile - Steve Engstrom - Marine Biologist

Profile - Dr. Carlos Robles - Professor of Marine Ecology

Profile - Dianna Bo - Ocean Engineer

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 - Jennifer C. Hooper - Marine Biologist

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 - Rose Dufour - Ship Scheduler/Clearance Officer

Profile - Bruce W. Altrock - Marine Biotechnologist

Profile - Langley R. Grace - Ocean Engineer

Profile - Lance Barrett-Lennard - Whale Researcher

Profile - Ivan F. Gonzalez - Sensory Biophysicist

Profile - Valeria Steverlynck - Oyster Aquaculturist

Profile - Carmen G. Borda - Naval Architect

Profile - Cindy Zipf - Ocean Advocate

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

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.

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