10/03/2016 – During 2015 and 2016 I worked as a Marine Computer Instrument Specialist at the Antarctic Support Contract under the United States Antarctic Program. I sailed on the 2 USAP research vessels around the Southern Ocean and Antarctic continent supporting oceanographic instruments and data collection systems. As of October this year, I’ve taken a position with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History as a Biological Science Technician at the Fort Pierce, FL Marine Station. I support assigned and visiting scientists in the field. Captaining and maintaining our boats, transporting to field sites, assisting with data/specimen collection, setup of in situ experiments. I also manage the Chemistry Lab and provide IT assistance including Bioinformatics support.
With the encouragement of my family and friends, I left my 12 year position as an IT Manager to pursue a Ph.D. in Biology. For my Master’s (Biology – Conservation Emphasis) I attended Central Michigan University in the McNaught Lab on a Teaching Assistantship. I taught lab sections in Ecology and Intro to Biology. I successfully defended my thesis in May of 2012.
In June of 2012, I moved to Auburn, AL and Auburn University, entering the Molette Lab for Environmental and Climate Change Studies under Dr. Kenneth Halanych as a Ph.D. student. I worked on a project quantifying the epibenthic fauna of the western Antarctic coast.
During my time in the Molette Lab, I took part in two cruises to Antarctica. A 6 week cruise aboard the NSF R/V Palmer Jan – Feb 2013 and 4 weeks aboard the NSF R/V Gould in November 2013. That experience reminded me that what I was really looking for when I returned to school was to be in the field. I pursued and landed a job in science support as a Network Administrator with the Antarctic Science Contract. I provide support aboard the ships listed above and now travel to Antarctica as part of my work.
I’ve been married for 30 years and am the proud parent of an 22 year old son. I’m a frustrated musician, videographer, and photographer. Lack of time to practice means I’m mediocre at best. I love to SCUBA dive, camp, run the occasional 5K and was the crazy Christmas lights guy on my block.