As the director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Mr. Basta is responsible for preserving the natural, historical and cultural marine resources in the 13 national marine sanctuaries and in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which was named a World Heritage Site in 2010. He continues to build partnerships with public-private organizations, industries, and academia throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Mr. Basta has a bachelor’s of science industrial engineering from Hofstra University and a master’s of science in engineering and policy sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is an avid scuba diver, has been a scuba instructor for 30 years, and is a duty status NOAA diver.
"I have worked with Bob Ballard for years on a number of expeditions, and now I have the opportunity to board the Nautilus and see his real-time exploration of the mysteries in the ocean."