Matt Tradewell headshot photo

Matt Tradewell

Science/Data Team
Marine Equipment Specialist
Ocean Networks Canada

Tell us about your work/research. What kinds of things do you do?

I am responsible for testing, repairing and maintaining many of the scientific instruments used on Ocean Networks Canada's marine observatories.

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

I have grown up on the West coast of Canada and have been recreational fishing with my dad since literally before I can remember. This has formed a deep love and appreciation for the ocean.

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

One of my first Co-op jobs where I was able to do some fieldwork. I realized that I could have a career with a mix of office and field work.

What element of your work/study do you think is the most fascinating?

I think the most fascinating part is seeing the live footage from the underwater cameras on the network. I find it amazing to watch the creatures that live so deep in the ocean in their natural habitat.

What other jobs led you to your current career?

I was fortunate as straight after graduating from college I landed a job in the marine industry. And have continued to learn and grow on my way to my current position at Ocean Networks Canda.

What are your degrees and certifications?

I graduated from Camosun College with an Electronics Technologist diploma 2002

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy saltwater fishing, mountain biking and tinkering with anything mechanical.

What advice would you give someone who wants to have a career like yours?

You need to follow what you are passionate about, there are many opportunities out there. Keep going until you reach your goal.

How did you get involved with the Nautilus Exploration Program? How did you get on the ship?

Every year Ocean Networks Canada performs maintenance, recoveries and deployments of our underwater network aboard the Nautilus.


Matt participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions: