Announcing our 2017 Nautilus Exploration Program participants

Legacy image
Ocean Exploration Trust

After reviewing a record number of competitive applications, the Ocean Exploration Trust is pleased to announce the selected educators, artists, and students who will join the 2017 Nautilus Expedition as Science Communication Fellows, Artists at Sea, and Science & Engineering Interns. Bringing unique perspectives, varied professional experiences, and representing communities across the United States and Canada, these participants will join the Corps of Exploration aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus as we launch our next expedition. In May 2017, we return to the Eastern Pacific Ocean to map and survey unexplored regions from British Columbia to Baja California. Stay tuned for more announcements about the upcoming season and highlights on these ocean explorers! 

Science Communication Fellows

The Science Communication Fellowship immerses formal and informal educators in the Corps of Exploration as expedition communicators, empowering them to bring ocean exploration--specifically in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) --to a global audience via the Nautilus Live website. Fellows become ambassadors for exploration delivering accounts expedition operations and daily life at sea to varied audiences through live audio commentary online, ship-to-shore broadcasts, local events, and creative instruction within their home classrooms, schools, organizations and community.

Megan Chen — Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History — Washington, D.C.
David Downing — Lakeview Centennial High School — Garland, TX
Elizabeth Fahy — New River Middle School — Fort Lauderdale, FL
Linda Fergusson-Kolmes — Portland Community College — Portland, OR
Fleur Ferro — Community College of Denver — Denver, CO
Amy Fleischer — Nauset Regional Middle School — Orleans, MA
Alfonso Garcia Arriola — ACCESS Academy — Portland, OR
Amber Hale — McNeese State University — Lake Charles, LA
Julie Johnson — Lemont High School — Lemont, IL
Kaitlyn Lowen — Cunningham Middle School — Corpus Christi, TX
Sarah Matarese — Saint George’s School — Middletown, RI
Luis Mora — Harry Bridges Span School — Wilmington, CA
Onyeweenu Ogene — Florida Gulf Coast University — Fort Myers, FL
Tommy Riparetti — UCSB Graduate School of Education — Santa Barbara, CA
Jen Runyan — University of California, Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science — Berkeley, CA
Jon Willis — University of Victoria — Victoria, British Columbia
Jenny Woodman — IEEE Earthzine — Portland, OR

Artist at Sea

The Artist at Sea program invites artists aboard E/V Nautilus to foster creative conversation and collaboration around curiosity-based exploration with Science Communication Fellows and the entire Corps of Exploration. Drawing inspiration from their time at sea, artists share their experiences with new audiences and support the Ocean Exploration Trust in integrating arts into outreach programs and shaping STEM education into STE[A]M education.

Daniel Kohn — Kohn Workshop — Brooklyn, NY

Science & Engineering Interns

The Science & Engineering Internship Program trains undergraduate and graduate students studying ocean science, engineering, maritime science, and broadcast technology hands-on in the field of ocean exploration within the at-sea environment. Intern positions entail 3-5 week periods working aboard E/V Nautilus as Data Loggers, Seafloor Mappers, ROV Pilots, Navigators, or Video Engineers. In addition to their field-specific skills, all interns are mentored and trained in communications, leadership, and education outreach.

ROV Engineering

Everett Collins — University of Rhode Island — Narragansett, RI
Victor Naklicki — Wentworth Institute — Boston, MA
Josef Rogoschewsky — Camosun College — Victoria, British Columbia

Video Engineering

Robert Boyd — College of William and Mary — Alexandria, VA
Nathaniel Krafve — University of North Florida — Jacksonville, FL
Erin Ranney — Washington State University / University of Salford — Shelton, WA
Ian Searles — Iowa State University — Asbury, IA

Seafloor Mapping

Dan Baldwin — UC Santa Barbara — Santa Barbara, CA
Alexandra Dawson — College of Charleston — Charleston, SC
Krystina Lincoln — Williams College — Williamstown, MA
Ashleigh McCord — Duke University — Durham, NC
Sarah Walsh — Marine Institute of Memorial University — St. John’s, Newfoundland
Laura Almodovar-Acevedo —University of Maryland Eastern Shore — Princess Anne, MD

Ocean Science

Anshika Bagla — UC Santa Barbara — Santa Barbara, CA
Marisa Borreggine — University of Washington — Seattle, WA
Bryce Corbett — Southern Illinois University — Chicago Heights, IL
Rebecca Wipfler — University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign — Metamora, IL


Zoe Bolling — US Coast Guard Academy — New London, CT
Michael Wegner — US Naval Academy — Annapolis, MD