Paul Chetirkin headshot photo

Paul Chetirkin

Science Videographer
Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

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

I create video outreach products showcasing the research and science being carried out in National Marine Sanctuaries.

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

I began diving at 9 years of age and am the son of a marine biologist.

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

My father.

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

Leaving the surface!

What other jobs led you to your current career?

I worked in animal rights as the editor of undercover footage.

What are your degrees and certifications?

Master of Arts International Environmental Policy - Monterey Institute of International Studies 1997. Numerous certifications for camera, video, editing at Stanford University (2010-2015)

What are your hobbies?

Mountain biking, kayaking, camping, rugby.

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

Get into the ocean - often. You might mess up the perfect shot now and then, but you will always miss the perfect shot if you aren't there when it happens. Also, don't be afraid to make mistakes, that's when you learn your greatest lessons.

How did you get involved with the Nautilus Exploration Program?

Through work. Also sailed with Ballard and team in the Black Sea expedition in '07.


Paul participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions: