NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is operated by the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps and civilians as part of NOAA's fleet managed by NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation. Mission equipment is operated by NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

Operations Personnel


Commanding Officer: CDR Mark Wetzler
Executive Officer/Mate: LCDR James Brinkley
MO: LCDR Randy Collins
Operations Officer:  LT Emily Rose
Junior Officer: ENS Chris Licitra
Junior Officer: ENS Nikolai Pawlenko
Junior Officer: ENS Bryan Pestone
Third Mate: Kevin Lackey


Engineering Officers

Chief Engineer: Vincent Palazzolo
1st Assistant Engineer: Ricardo Gabona



Acting Chief Boatswain: Jerrod Hozendorf 
Able-Bodied Seaman: Ryan Loftus
Able-Bodied Seaman: Abraham McDowell
General Vessel Assistant: Daniel Freitas
General Vessel Assistant: Nicky Applewhite



Engine Utilityman: Pedro Lebron Jr.
General Vessel Assistant: Joy Nalley



Senior Survey Technician: Jacklyn James



Chief Steward: Michael Sapien
Chief Cook: Rainier Capati


Electronic Technicians

Chief Electronics Technician: Richard Conway
Chief Electronics Technician: David Blessing


Mission Personnel

Operations and Managment

Expeditions Manager: Kelley Elliott (CollabraLink Technologies, Inc.)
Operations Coordinator: LT Brian Kennedy



Physical Scientist: Meme Lobecker (ERT, Inc.)
Physical Scientist: Mashkoor Malik
Physical Scientist: Lindsay McKenna (ERT, Inc.)
Physical Scientist: Derek Sowers (ERT, Inc.)



Underwater Systems Engineer: Dave Lovalvo (Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration)
Telepresence Engineer: Jared Drewniak (ERT, Inc.)


Data Management

Data Management Leader: Sharon Mesick
Data Manager: Susan Gottfried (General Dynamics Information Technology)
Data Systems Engineer: Brendan Reser (Riverside Technology, Inc.)



Website Manager: Emily Crum (ERT, Inc.)
Web Multimedia/Technical Lead: James Rawsthorne (ERT, Inc.)


Public Affairs

Public Affairs Officer: Sarah Graddy (CollabraLink Technologies, Inc.)



Education Program Director: Paula Keener

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