Congratulations to Our 2018 Nautilus Exploration Program Participants

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Ocean Exploration Trust

After reviewing a record number of competitive applications, the Ocean Exploration Trust is pleased to announce the selected 21 educators and 18 students who will join the 2018 Nautilus Expedition as Science Communication FellowsScience & Engineering Interns, and Nautilus Ambassadors. Bringing unique perspectives, varied professional experiences, and representing communities across North America, these participants will join the Corps of Exploration aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus as we launch our next expedition. In June 2018, we return to the Eastern Pacific Ocean to map and survey unexplored regions from British Columbia to Southern California, and west to the Hawaiian Islands. Stay tuned for more announcements about the upcoming season and highlights on these ocean explorers!

2018 Science Communication Fellows

The Science Communication Fellowship immerses formal and informal educators and artists 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 personal 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 communities.

Shannon Donovan | Scituate School Department -- Clayville, RI
Kelly Ferron | UCSB Bren School, Environmental Science & Management - Santa Barbara, CA
Mugdha Flores | Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii -- Honolulu, HI
Joe Grabowski | Exploring By the Seat of Your Pants -- Elora, Ontario
Addie Haughey | Ocean Conservancy -- Washington, D.C.
Alex Havens | Alaska SeaLife Center -- Seward, AK
Alix Leszczynski | The Franklin Institute -- Philadelphia, PA
Bella Marill | UCSB Teacher Education Program -- Santa Barbara, CA
Savanna Nilsen | Sterne School -- San Francisco, CA
Liz Sutton | University of Wisconsin School of Freshwater Sciences -- Milwaukee, WI
Ariel Waldman | & Science Hack Day -- San Francisco, CA
Cassi Weathersbee | Patriot High School -- Nokesville, VA
Nevada Winrow | Black Girls Dive Foundation -- Owings Mills, MD

2018 Lead Science Communication Fellows

Melissa Baffa | Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History -- Ventura, CA
Amber Hale | McNeese State University -- Lake Charles, LA
Marty Momsen |  Houston High School -- Winona, MN
Jenny Woodman | IEEE Earthzine -- Portland, OR

2018 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 2-5 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

Leonardo Castro Sitiriche | University of Puerto Rico -- San Juan, Puerto Rico
Patrick Madaus | University of Connecticut -- New London, CT
Kylie Pasternak | Bristol Community College -- Fall River, MA
Antonella Wilby | University of California, San Diego -- San Diego, CA

Video Engineering

Oscar Eduardo Estrada | Rochester Institute of Technology -- Rochester, NY
Nicole Gottschalk | Sante Fe University -- Rockport, TX
Sara Matasick | University of Wisconsin -- Mount Dora, FL
Stephen Matter | University of the West of England -- Jamaica Plain, MA

Seafloor Mapping

Michaela Barnes | Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University -- St. Johns, Canada
Jake Burstein | University of South Carolina -- Columbia, SC
Jose Castillo | University of Aberdeen -- Yucatan, Mexico
TBD | in partnership with NOAA EPP

Ocean Science

Ally Aplin | University of California, Santa Barbara -- Santa Barbara, CA
Lila Ardor Bellucci | Eckerd College -- Brooklyn, NY
Taylor Ely | University of California, Los Angeles -- Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Basia Marcks | University of Rhode Island -- Carlsbad, CA


Deborah King | US Coast Guard Academy -- New London, CT
Indigo Jackson | US Naval Academy -- Annapolis, MD

2018 Nautilus Ambassadors

The Nautilus Ambassador Program brings invited educators from our Community STEM Program sites aboard E/V Nautilus to participate in ocean exploration. Ambassadors gain an introductory exposure to ocean science, technology, engineering, and communications during their time onboard. Ambassadors support the mission of the Ocean Exploration Trust becoming hometown role models for ocean exploration and resources for their peers, students, and communities.

Jeff Brown | Lockport Township High School -- Lemont, IL
Amelia Cote | Olle Middle School -- Houston, TX
Terri Miller | Barbe Elementary School -- Lake Charles, LA
Simon Rios | CITGO Innovation Academy at Foy H. Moody High School -- Corpus Christi, TX