Mark DeRoche headshot photo

Mark DeRoche

Deck Chief

Mark DeRoche has been going to sea for the last 31 years, the last 16 with Institute for Exploration and Ocean Exploration Trust. Mark is Deck Chief on the E/V Nautilus.

Mark DeRoche went to school for a couple years for wooden boat building, graduating in 1981. In about 1984-85 he went back to school for Marine Science, graduating with a Coast Guard licence. Mark is in charge of safety on the back deck, responsible for the safe launch and recovery of all over the side equipment. He has been going to sea for 27 years and has worked on a variety of ships mostly oceanographic. Mark graduated from Washington County Community College in 1981 with a degree in Boat Building. He went to Bangor Community College for two years 1981-1983. Then Southern Maine Comunity College for Marine Science, graduating in 1985 with a degree in Marine Science and a 3rd Mates Licence.

Mark has very happily worked as chief of deck operations for Dr. Ballard since 2000. Prior to that, he worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for 12 years in a variety of seagoing capacities, from Messman to 2nd Mate on WHOI's research vessel Atlantis II.  When not on the E/V Nautilus, Mark makes his home in Maine.


"I knew in the 4th grade I wanted to go to sea. It wasn't until I was getting my degree in Marine Science that I narrowed it down to oceanographic ships and have been working on them ever since."


Mark participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions: